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Waiting for Christmas: Waiting for the Messenger, Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the good news[a] of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[b] 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,[c] “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,[d]     who will prepare your way; 3 the voice of one crying out … Continue reading

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Waiting for Christmas: Waiting for the Master, Mark 13:24-37

I’m trying to catch everyone up on some recent sermons. Here’s the one from last week, Advent 1. Here’s an excerpt: I’m trying to catch everyone up on some recent sermons. Here’s the one from last week, Advent 1. Here’s an excerpt:

The truth is, Advent is not as much about the afterglow of Christmas itself. It’s much more about pregnancy. Women, then, can tell you that pregnancy is anything but peaceful.
Pregnancy is chaos, up to the end. First, a new life is growing inside you. You can feel it. A woman’s body changes because of it. Fluctuations of emotions and physical pains/aches/cravings rock a woman’s body. There’s a flurry of activity. There’s the building of a nursery, the gathering of baby supplies like diapers, washcloths, bibs and bottles, baby clothes and God knows what else. All the while, you are not only working your heiny off, you’re waiting. Something is coming that has already begun to change your life and will change it drastically when it finally arrives. This child will change it all. Sometimes, it might even feel like your baby is the end of the world! And it is. The world as you know it will end, and a new, different one will take its place.

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A Taxing Argument, Matthew 22:15-22

Sometimes, Jesus puts everyone in a difficult situation and it’s really hard to deal with. Jesus doesn’t pull punches, but in that sense, he also makes it so that we have to receive the punches. We have to take our … Continue reading

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Never the Wrong Time, Luke 2:1-20

In celebrating his birth in the wrong month, so to speak, we see how powerful it truly is that he came at all, when nobody expected. Jesus came as a surprise, so that we all can be saved, so that we all can have hope. Continue reading

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The Hardest Thing to Do, Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like someone who planted good seed in his field. 25 While people were sleeping, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 When the stalks sprouted and bore grain, then … Continue reading

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Ideal Conditions, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

A storyteller often wonders if the people understand what they’re trying to tell them. Jesus didn’t have to wonder. He knew. And he knew that those who did understand would be blessed with a glimpse at the kingdom of heaven. Continue reading

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Bring it Into the Light, Matthew 10:24-39

In darkness, our eyes adjust, and soon we begin to believe we don’t need the light. But when the light shines, we truly see what we missed out on Continue reading

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