“Jonah and the Big Fish”

On August 11, Pastor Jim preaches on the story of Jonah and the Big Fish found in the Book of Jonah. It’s been called a “Whale of a Tale,” a myth, and a legend. Can we take this story seriously? What does this have to say to our modern situation? Well, actually the story has something […]

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“Jonah and the Big Fish”

On August 11, Pastor Katy preaches on the story of Jonah and the Big Fish found in the Book of Jonah. It was one of my favorites growing up! Who doesn’t love the idea of being swallowed up by whale for three whole days, and then being spit onto dry land? I always thought it […]

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“David and Goliath”

On July 28, Pastor Jim preaches on the story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17. The image of the boy dropping a giant to his knees is an appealing one. We love the underdog, the little guy, at least in theory. The story is rather brutal. After Goliath fell like a sack […]

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“Noah’s Ark”

On July 21, Pastor Katy preaches on the story of Noah’s Ark found in Genesis Chapters 6-9. There are stories we learn as children, and we learn to love those stories. We see the simplicity of story and of message, and those stories stick with us into our adult years. They are fun and can […]

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On July 7, Pastor Katy preaches on Deuteronomy 23:12-14. 12 You shall have a designated area outside the camp to which you shall go. 13 With your utensils you shall have a trowel; when you relieve yourself outside, you shall dig a hole with it and then cover up your excrement. 14 Because the Lord your God […]

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On June 23, Pastor Jim preaches on Psalm 121. 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 He who keeps Israel will neither […]

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On June 16, Pastor Jim preaches on Deuteronomy 30:19-20a. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life […]

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“Forgiving Others”

On May 19, Pastor Jim preaches on Genesis 50:15-21. 15 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16 So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before […]

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“Chip Off the Old Block”

On May 5, the Rev. John Wright, a former pastor at Oak Hill UMC, preaches on Isaiah 51:1b. 1(b) Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. The message was given during special services celebrating Oak Hill UMC’s 40th anniversary.

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“The Fear of Growing Old”

On February 24, Pastor Jim preaches on Ecclesiastes 12:1-8. 1 Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come, and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened […]

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