On July 9, Pastor Katy preaches on Genesis 24:34-38; 42-47. It doesn’t seem to matter what era it is, people are drawn to old watering holes when looking for something in life, especially a life partner. Abraham’s unnamed servant is no different as he arrived at a spring in Abraham’s homeland and calls on God’s […]

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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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“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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“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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“Suffering for Good”

On May 21, Pastor Katy preaches on 1 Peter 3:13-22. In talking about suffering, we’ve all heard people say things like “this is your cross to bear.” But there are different kinds of suffering, and a difference between being a victim and a martyr. When 1 Peter talks about suffering for doing good, it’s talking […]

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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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“Where’s the Fence!?”

On May 7, Pastor Katy preaches on John 10:1-10. It’s “Good Shepherd” Sunday, so we turn to the 10th chapter of John. It’s the chapter where Jesus’ claim to be the “Good Shepherd” has resulted in countless paintings and artistic renditions of the gentle-faced shepherd carrying a wayward sheep on his shoulders. We picture this […]

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“The Greatest Egg Hunt Ever”

On April 16, Pastor Katy preaches on Matthew 28:1-10. Have you ever watched the moment of “Go!” when a pack of children is unleashed upon a field of Easter eggs? It’s beautiful, chaotic, and single-minded excitement with the unified goal of collecting the most eggs possible. The Marys arrived at the tomb, eyes puffy and […]

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“To Be Continued…”

On April 9, Pastor Katy preaches on Matthew 21:1-11 (palms); 27:17-26 (passion). Were you there? Did you see it? Caught up in the crowd, waving palm branches and screaming “Hosanna!” as he rode into town on a humble donkey. From crowds singing praises to crowds shouting their condemnations; the palms that once filled the streets […]

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