“The Life of Christmas Present”

On December 17, Pastor Jim preaches on Luke 2:1-7. 1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also […]

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“Bah! Humbug!”

On December 3, Pastor Jim preaches on Luke 16:19-31. This Advent season we are thinking together about Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation from, as Dickens described him, “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” into the joyful, dancing soul who opened his heart and his pocketbook to the poor, to his neighbor, and […]

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“No Longer Submit”

On November 12, Pastor Jim preaches on Galatians 5:1. “For freedom Christ has set you free. Stand firm therefore and no longer submit to a yoke of slavery.” — Galatians 5:1 In the wake of the horrific shooting in Sutherland Springs, I struggled to know what to preach this Sunday. I’ve always been drawn to Galatians 5:1 […]

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“Saints and Sinners”

On November 5, Pastor Jim preaches on Hebrews 11:1-8. When it comes to who wrote the Book of Hebrews, the jury is still out. Traditionally, the Apostle Paul is given credit, though many scholars have other theories. Ask two scholars a question and you’ll get three answers.  🙂 Some say the book was written by Clement […]

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“Extravagant Generosity”

On October 15, Pastor Jim preaches on 2 Corinthians 9:10-15. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through […]

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“Risk-Taking Mission and Service”

On October 8, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 25:31-46. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep […]

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“Passionate Worship”

On September 24, Pastor Jim preaches on Luke 10:25-28. The late Bill Hinson, pastor of First UMC in Houston, once told a story of meeting with an air-conditioning man in the sanctuary of his church. The man was calculating, with paper and pencil, how many tons of air conditioning would be needed to cool the […]

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“Radical Hospitality”

On September 17, Pastor Jim preaches on John 4:16(b)-21. I heard a story about a Baptist pastor who was praying in church. He meant to say, “Lord, forgive us for where we have fallen short.” Instead he prayed, “Lord, forgive our falling shorts.” It’s been said that everyone has three lives: a public life, a private live, and a […]

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“Tentmakers”

On September 1, Pastor Jim preaches on Acts 18:1-4. The Apostle Paul is an interesting character. Fourteen of the 27 books in our Bible have traditionally been attributed to Paul. These “books” are actually letters written to churches or, in a few cases, individuals. Did Paul realize that his letters would eventually be called Holy […]

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