Tag Archives: Love

Walls, Bridges, and the Future of the UMC

God’s love doesn’t look like a wall, or a building, or a bulwark or barrier. God’s love is a bridge, from the future to the present, an Advent realized when we understand that God’s power is manifest when we share in blessed communion with each other, and seek the good, the just, the merciful and the grace-filled. Continue reading

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Beloved Children of God, 1 John 3:1-8

All those in Christ, saints living and dead, are bound together as a family of love. We aren’t a family by genetics, although some are related. We are a family bound by love, love poured out for you and for many on the cross. That love fills our cup today, and that love should cover any disagreements, any arguments, any divisions we have. If we but remember that we are all children of God, bound together by love, then what could keep us apart? Continue reading

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Weapon

Praying for your enemy is the ultimate weapon, Because it is a weapon that only heals. What enemy can exist if one prays for the other? If one loves their enemy, they cease to be an enemy At least in … Continue reading

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Cut and Tie

Bonds like ropes link us to one another. It is easy to cut those ropes, with words, with thoughts, with rash actions without any reflection. These bonds are cut, But they can be reunited. They can be tied together. Tying … Continue reading

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The Fear and the Joy

The following was delivered at the Eventide service at Lufkin First UMC on April 19, 2014.   Matthew 28:1-10 28After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see … Continue reading

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The Hardest Commandment

This sermon was delivered first at Eventide worship on February 22, 2014, at Lufkin First UMC. Matthew 5:38-48   38 “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.[a] 39 But I say to you … Continue reading

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Day 2: The L-Word

John 1:29-34 (NRSV) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man … Continue reading

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