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Always Looking Forward, Mark 1:29-39

What the disciples saw was a blob on a canvas. It wasn’t the full painting, but the beginning of one. And it was only one small part of an infinitely vast painting at that. Jesus was beginning to reveal the kingdom of God, and that is much grander, much more beautiful, and yes, much more different than what they could expect.
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The Vocal Opposition, Mark 1:21-28

Church, we can do some really silly stuff. And sometimes, we can be bullheaded, and stubborn, and yes, even mean. Part of it is because the church isn’t a building, it’s a people, and people are flawed, sinful, and wounded creatures. Yes, we are justified, and loved by God, and transformed by his love, but we’re all works in progress. That means that sometimes, we’re going to fight. But getting through it is the mark of true faith. Continue reading

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Grab Your Nets, Mark 1: 14-20

There are going to be people out there that want to see the kingdom of God, but don’t know that yet. The thing to remember is this: Discipleship is for everyone.
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Healthy Skepticism, John 1: 43-51

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
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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.

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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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