“The Road: Daydream Believer”

On April 1, Pastor Jim preaches on Mark 16:1-8. When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. […]

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“The Road: The Great Pretenders”

On March 25, Pastor Jim preaches on John 19:38-42. The late, great, preaching professor Fred Craddock once said, “The greatest temptation of the church is the temptation to be ineffective.” How tempting it is to play it safe, to stay put, to keep quiet. This week we will think together about two very wealthy and […]

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“The Road: When Worlds Collide”

On March 18, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 27:54. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” Most people did not understand who Jesus was. The religious leaders didn’t. His disciples […]

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“The Road: The Great Exchange”

On March 4, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 27:15-26. From our perspective it’s hard to imagine why anyone would choose Barabbas over Jesus. I’ve always been intrigued by Matthew’s account of the scene before Pilate which reveals that both men shared the same first name. Furthermore, the name “Barabbas” means “Son of the Father.” “Bar” […]

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“The Road: The Misbehaving Woman”

On February 18, Pastor Jim preaches on Mark 14:1-11. What a scene. Jesus is minding his own business enjoying dinner as a guest in someone else’s home, and a woman enters the room and pours perfume over his head. Naturally people were offended, especially those opposed to waste and in favor of missions to the […]

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“The Secrets We Share: Grief”

On February 4, Pastor Jim preaches on 2 Samuel 18:32-19:4. “The only way to get through grief is to grieve.” We have had a number of deaths in our church family this past month. People sometimes say, “It must be difficult to be a pastor at times like these.” It is. As a young minister, […]

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“The Secrets We Share: Depression”

On January 21, Pastor Jim preaches on 1 Kings 19:1-8. The Gallup Poll reports that 17% of Americans have been diagnosed with depression. If we added in the many other depressed people who have not been diagnosed, the percentage is significant. Fortunately for us Christians we never get depressed. We are born of the spirit. We […]

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“The Secrets We Share: Loneliness”

On January 14, Pastor Jim preaches on 1 Samuel 3:1-10. The story of Hannah, Eli, and Samuel is steeped in loneliness. Hannah knew the loneliness of being unable to bear children. In desperation she prayed to God at the temple of Shiloh for God to help her. A priest named Eli was watching her pray with her […]

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