“How Long, O Lord?

On July 2, Pastor Jim preaches on Psalm 13. The psalmist is not a happy camper. If he had a theme song it would not be “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam.” No, he is weary, and frightened, and frankly, chapped off. Consider verses 1 and 2. He is complaining and fed up with a God who doesn’t […]

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“Of Lambs, Rams, and Sons”

On July 2, Pastor Katy preaches on Genesis 22:1-12. It’s the story of a father who has already given up one son, and is now told by God that he must take his only remaining son up into the mountains and kill him with his own hands. Over the centuries it’s been interpreted and re-interpreted, […]

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“The Other Son”

On June 25, Pastor Katy preaches on Genesis 21:8-20. The story of Hagar and Ishmael is frequently left out of children’s Sunday school lessons, and happily avoided by pastors everywhere. The story of promise and covenant between Abraham and God focuses on Sarah and Isaac, so the minor subplot of a slave and her son […]

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“Dad—You Going to Church This Week?”

“Dad—You Going to Church This Week?” Psalm 27:1-6 On June 11, the Rev. Dr. Tim Abel preaches on Psalm 27:1-6. There are a few obstacles that we create that keep us from coming to church regularly. This is especially true for men. Let’s look at those obstacles and examine not only what they are, but the […]

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“Strange Birds”

On June 4, Pastor Katy preaches on Numbers 11:24-30. The first church began with tongues of fire, miraculous abilities to speak other languages, and a sudden spike in those who followed Christ. It all came with the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, but the Spirit was around long before that day and continues […]

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“Naomi’s God”

On May 14, Mother’s Day, Pastor Katy preaches on Ruth 1:2-5, 14-18. Mother’s Day is a day when we celebrate all the women in our lives, but written by men in a patriarchal era, we catch only rare glimpses of the lives of women in biblical times. One of these glimpses comes in the story […]

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“Can These Bones Live?”

On April 2, Pastor Jim preaches on Ezekiel 37:1-6. Imagine being placed in a valley of broken-up skeletons. From horizon to horizon you see nothing but death and dryness. If a voice asked you, “Can these bones live?”, what would you say? Sounds like a lost cause to me. Our Catholic sisters and brothers actually claim four […]

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“The Shepherd”

On March 26, Pastor Jim preaches on Psalm 23. Picture a person waking up in a seedy motel, stoned and hung over. Sharing the room with a stranger he or she met the night before, broken-hearted and miserable, waking up filled with regret and sorrow and shame, like the prodigal who woke up one morning with his […]

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“Fire on the Mountain”

On February 26, Pastor Jim preaches on Exodus 24:15-17. In the book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the children cross over into Narnia and eventually meet a married couple of beavers. The beavers tell them about the great lion, Aslan, who rules Narnia. The children are excited about the lion and ask, “Is he […]

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“Is Jesus a Shapeshifter!?”

On February 26, Pastor Katy preaches on Exodus 24:12-18. This week is Transfiguration Sunday, the Sunday before Lent begins. It’s the one day of the year when we linger on a story about Jesus taking some disciples up a mountain where the glory of God suddenly shines around and through Him. As you can imagine, the disciples fumble with […]

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