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“God’s Temple”

This week I’m continuing a new sermon series on “The Church at Its Best.” As I take my place at Oak Hill amid a global pandemic, economic insecurity, and racial unrest, I want us to spend a few weeks reflecting on what “the Church” looks like when we are living at our best. I do so fully knowing that for many […]

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“Cutting Down Giants”

Have you ever come face-to-face with a “giant”? It could be someone powerful and imposing who stands in your way. Or a situation that arises that stops you in your tracks. Or an obstacle that blocks you from where you wanted to go. Most of us have faced “giants” at some point in our lives. The Jewish people faced “giants” of their own. After God […]

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“All that Glitters”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had several “Chicken Little moments” since the COVID-19 virus changed our way of life. You might remember “Chicken Little” from your childhood days. The abridged story goes something like this:  Chicken Little merrily walks in the forest one day when an acorn falls from a tree and hits the top of her little head. Chicken Little decides in that moment […]

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“Water in the Desert”

Over the last few weeks I have been reflecting on stories of the Jewish wilderness experience. After being freed from a brutal life of slavery in Egypt, the Jewish people embark on a 40-year journey through the Sinai wilderness on their way to a New Life in a New Land. Unfortunately, seasons in the wilderness are part of human life. One thing ends […]

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“There is Enough”

Have you ever looked at the world and assumed, “There isn’t enough”? There isn’t enough money. There isn’t enough time. There isn’t enough _____. (You fill in the blank). We live in a world of finite resources. Sometimes there isn’t enough. As the Jewish people travel through the Sinai wilderness on their 40-year journey from Slavery in Egypt to a New Life in a […]

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“One Day at a Time”

One of the central events in our Old Testament is the story of the Exodus. After God works through Moses to deliver the people of Israel from a Life of Slavery in Egypt, God begins to lead the people to a New Life in a New Land. Unfortunately, what could have been a two-week hike turns into a 40-year journey through the […]

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In the 13th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a series of seven parables about the Kingdom of Heaven (also known as the Kingdom of God). Essentially, the Kingdom of Heaven/God is whenever and wherever the world is operating as God intends. Why so many parables about the Kingdom of Heaven? Perhaps because the Kingdom […]

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“Dressed for Success”

We live in interesting times. A global pandemic has closed schools and businesses, upended economies, and inflicted great suffering. Racial injustice has led to mass protests. In some parts of our nation riots have erupted. Law enforcement officers and ordinary citizens feel under attack. An election season awaits where candidates are likely to hurl insults at both their opponents and those who support their […]

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“What about the Weeds?”

Greetings! We live in a beautiful, wonderful world.  It is a world filled with snow-capped mountains and crystal-clear streams; a world with cuddly children, laughing teenagers, and loving families.  We live in a world where neighbors care for one another, and people of goodwill extend a hand to help people who struggle. Unfortunately, we also live in […]

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