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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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“Passionate Worship”

On September 24, Pastor Katy preaches on Luke 10:25-28. Passion comes in sporting events, romantic relationships, and hobbies of all kinds, but what about worship? What does it look like to truly participate in passionate worship? A lawyer once asked Jesus for a checklist of what was necessary to inherit eternal life, and Jesus’ response […]

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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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“Faith, Hope, and Love in Action”

On September 10, members of the United Methodist Women (UMW) illustrate Matthew 25:35-40 through personal stories. Jesus tells us in Matthew that when we help others it is the same as helping him. “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, […]

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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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On September 1, Pastor Katy preaches on Exodus 3:1-11. Shoes. They’re both fashionable and functional; varying in style, but consistent with the basics. Shoes are literally a protective barrier between our feet and the ground we walk on. In Exodus 3, the famous story about the burning bush through which God speaks to Moses, God […]

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“Setting the Example”

On August 27, youth members spoke on 1 Timothy 4:12. There is a difference between imitating and being an example. We can always copy someone’s actions or words, but if we are an example, it is not just copying—it is who we are. There are many Christians who just copy actions that they think would be right…but […]

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“Hope in Exile”

On August 20, Pastor Katy preaches on Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, 11-14. It doesn’t take a prophet to rightly claim that each and every one of us has, is, or will find ourselves in exile at some point. From one moment to the next we’ve gone from stable employment to the line at the local food […]

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“The Potter’s House”

On August 13, Pastor Jim preaches on Jeremiah 18:1-6. Jeremiah 18:5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O […]

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“Never Too Far Gone”

On August 13, Pastor Katy preaches on Jeremiah 7:5-7; 18:1-6. It started as a small white lie, but has mushroomed into an all-consuming façade that must be maintained. You left church at 18, as soon as you moved out of your mother’s home, and since then have been just sliding further and further down the […]

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