“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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“You, God, and Everyone Else”

On February 19, Pastor Jim preaches on Leviticus 19:9-18. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Who said that? Obviously, Jesus said it, but where did it originate? Our Scripture tells us that it came from the Hebrew Bible, specifically Leviticus 19:18. I sometimes wonder what it’s like for our Jewish friends when they hear us attribute to Jesus things […]

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“Seeking God’s Face”

On January 22, Pastor Pam preaches on Psalm 27:1-8. Psalm 27’s text has an interesting blend of confidence and weakness. It is a Scripture that is attributed to the “pre-anointed” King David during the years he spends fleeing from the wrath of King Saul. David writes about the importance of having trust instead of fear, seeking […]

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“Prince of Peace”

On December 18, Pastor Jim preaches on Isaiah 9:6. Our final look at Isaiah’s royal titles focuses on “Prince of Peace.” We all wish for peace in today’s global conflicts, but is this the peace that the Prince of Peace can bring? Or is it a deeper, more spiritual peace?

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“Everlasting Father”

On December 11, Pastor Jim preaches on Isaiah 9:6. What does it mean to call God “Father?” Is God a guy? Are males made more in the image of God than are females? How can an earthly title such as “father” define the Holy One? Yet Jesus told us to pray, “Our Father.” Let’s think […]

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“Mighty God”

On December 4, Pastor Jim preaches on Isaiah 9:6. What kind of a king is Jesus? What does it mean to seek his kingdom? Would you consider Jesus to be your king? We are continuing to think about the oracle of Isaiah in chapter 9, verse 6. Looking though our Christian lenses we can’t help but see Jesus in these […]

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“Wonderful Counselor”

On November 27, Pastor Jim preaches on Isaiah 9:6. In Handel’s “Messiah” the composer included the majestic words of Isaiah 9:6, which describe the coming king. Some Old Testament scholars believe that Isaiah was referring to Hezekiah. Christians hear the message of the messiah in these words: For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority […]

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“Giving as Justice and Mercy”

On November 6 (All Saints Sunday), Pastor Jim preaches on Micah 6:6-8. “What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Many are familiar with this oft-quoted Scripture. We’ll take a look at what these words mean in the context of giving.

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