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“How Long, O Lord?

On July 2, Pastor Jim preaches on Psalm 13. The psalmist is not a happy camper. If he had a theme song it would not be “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam.” No, he is weary, and frightened, and frankly, chapped off. Consider verses 1 and 2. He is complaining and fed up with a God who doesn’t […]

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“Of Lambs, Rams, and Sons”

On July 2, Pastor Katy preaches on Genesis 22:1-12. It’s the story of a father who has already given up one son, and is now told by God that he must take his only remaining son up into the mountains and kill him with his own hands. Over the centuries it’s been interpreted and re-interpreted, […]

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“The Other Son”

On June 25, Pastor Katy preaches on Genesis 21:8-20. The story of Hagar and Ishmael is frequently left out of children’s Sunday school lessons, and happily avoided by pastors everywhere. The story of promise and covenant between Abraham and God focuses on Sarah and Isaac, so the minor subplot of a slave and her son […]

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“Good Gifts”

On June 18, Father’s Day, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 7:7-11. “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone […]

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“Dad—You Going to Church This Week?”

“Dad—You Going to Church This Week?” Psalm 27:1-6 On June 11, the Rev. Dr. Tim Abel preaches on Psalm 27:1-6. There are a few obstacles that we create that keep us from coming to church regularly. This is especially true for men. Let’s look at those obstacles and examine not only what they are, but the […]

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“Prophecy, Visions, and Dreams

On June 4, Pastor Jim preaches on Acts 2:5-18. The crowds outside the windows heard voices in their own varied languages praising God. The reaction was that of amazement and bewilderment. The more cynical accused the followers of Jesus of being drunk on cheap wine. Peter cleared that up, or tried to, as soon as possible. […]

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“Strange Birds”

On June 4, Pastor Katy preaches on Numbers 11:24-30. The first church began with tongues of fire, miraculous abilities to speak other languages, and a sudden spike in those who followed Christ. It all came with the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, but the Spirit was around long before that day and continues […]

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“Taming the Lion”

On May 28, Pastor Jim preaches on 1 Peter 5:6-11. Our Scripture on Sunday comes from a letter sent to persecuted Christians. I’ve struggled with the passage because persecution is not something most of us live with today, at least not because of our faith. It does contain some wonderful promises and words of comfort. For example: “Cast […]

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“The Jesus Baton”

On May 28, Pastor Katy preaches on Luke 24:44-53. This Sunday is Ascension Sunday when the risen Jesus ascends into the clouds following his resurrection days on earth. When thinking about this scene, William Barclay once said, “No one has ever succeeded in painting a picture of the Ascension which was anything other than grotesque and ridiculous.” It’s […]

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“Adoption”

On May 21, Pastor Jim preaches on John 14:15-21. When Jesus told the disciples he would be leaving them “in a little while,” the disciples reacted like frightened children. They were afraid they would be orphaned. Jesus promised them that they would not be so. He promised the coming of another “Advocate” who would stick close to […]

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