“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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“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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“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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“Naomi’s God”

On May 14, Mother’s Day, Pastor Katy preaches on Ruth 1:2-5, 14-18. Mother’s Day is a day when we celebrate all the women in our lives, but written by men in a patriarchal era, we catch only rare glimpses of the lives of women in biblical times. One of these glimpses comes in the story […]

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“Can These Bones Live?”

On April 2, Pastor Jim preaches on Ezekiel 37:1-6. Imagine being placed in a valley of broken-up skeletons. From horizon to horizon you see nothing but death and dryness. If a voice asked you, “Can these bones live?”, what would you say? Sounds like a lost cause to me. Our Catholic sisters and brothers actually claim four […]

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“The Shepherd”

On March 26, Pastor Jim preaches on Psalm 23. Picture a person waking up in a seedy motel, stoned and hung over. Sharing the room with a stranger he or she met the night before, broken-hearted and miserable, waking up filled with regret and sorrow and shame, like the prodigal who woke up one morning with his […]

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“Fire on the Mountain”

On February 26, Pastor Jim preaches on Exodus 24:15-17. In the book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the children cross over into Narnia and eventually meet a married couple of beavers. The beavers tell them about the great lion, Aslan, who rules Narnia. The children are excited about the lion and ask, “Is he […]

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“Is Jesus a Shapeshifter!?”

On February 26, Pastor Katy preaches on Exodus 24:12-18. This week is Transfiguration Sunday, the Sunday before Lent begins. It’s the one day of the year when we linger on a story about Jesus taking some disciples up a mountain where the glory of God suddenly shines around and through Him. As you can imagine, the disciples fumble with […]

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“You, God, and Everyone Else”

On February 19, Pastor Jim preaches on Leviticus 19:9-18. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Who said that? Obviously, Jesus said it, but where did it originate? Our Scripture tells us that it came from the Hebrew Bible, specifically Leviticus 19:18. I sometimes wonder what it’s like for our Jewish friends when they hear us attribute to Jesus things […]

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“Seeking God’s Face”

On January 22, Pastor Pam preaches on Psalm 27:1-8. Psalm 27’s text has an interesting blend of confidence and weakness. It is a Scripture that is attributed to the “pre-anointed” King David during the years he spends fleeing from the wrath of King Saul. David writes about the importance of having trust instead of fear, seeking […]

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