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Starting the Year Clean, Mark 1:4-11

Every year we promise ourselves that we’re going to do better this year, that we’re going to be better people. We’re going to lose that weight, or write that book, or build that project in the garage. We’re inspired by a new sense of invigoration by  the marking of a new year.

The cynical part of me always wants to roll my eyes at this, though. Are we really going to live up to these lofty ideals? Or are we going to break our resolutions immediately at the first hint of weakness? Continue reading

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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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Crazy Cousin Johnny

This sermon was delivered at Lufkin UMC on December 8, 2013. Matthew 3:1-12 New International Version (NIV) 3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven … Continue reading

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Lent, Day 7: Going into the Grey Havens

John 3:22-36 Common English Bible (CEB) John’s final witness  22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into Judea, where he spent some time with them and was baptizing. 23 John was baptizing at Aenon near Salem because there was a lot of … Continue reading

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