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Archive for May, 2012

  • June 24, 2012

    Taking On Water


    The Witness of Scripture: This morning before we hear God’s Word, I would like for us to look at God’s Word, and work through the text exegetically. Therefore, if you have your Bibles, please turn to the 4th chapter of Mark’s Gospel and the verse numbered “35.” We find Jesus on the Sea of Galilee […]

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  • June 17, 2012

    God's Preference for the Small


    The Witness of Scripture God has an interesting way of looking at things. So does God’s Son. When Jesus entered the Temple His disciples were amazed at the majesty and wonder of Herod’s architecture, oohing and ahing at the magnitude of it all. They were mesmerized by the Temple treasury where the wealthy were setting […]

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  • May 20, 2012

    The Two Ways

    Year B - Seventh Sunday of Easter

    If you are looking for Godly counsel, the place to begin is the book of Psalms.  Here one finds open access to the Almighty along with a mirror that reflects both the heights of human aspirations and depths of mortal depravity.   The Psalms were Israel’s hymnal and prayer book.  It contains a diverse collection of […]

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  • May 27, 2012

    A Contagious Congregation

    Lectionary Year B - Day of Pentecost

    Since we moved to Atlanta five years ago, we have visited several churches—thirty churches.  Every church we have visited sings.  In some it’s three hymns and the Gloria Patri.  In others, it’s a dozen choruses.  In some churches all the prayers are written out.  In others, they are not even thought out.  In some, people […]

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  • June 10, 2012

    "Still Crazy After All These Years"


    The Witness of Scripture: Our morning’s text opens with a scene that poses a question for me… Jesus was in Capernaum, probably visiting the home of Simon Peter and Andrew. He was in a room filled to capacity with people, wall-to-wall people. Not only was the room so crowded that people’s private spaces were constantly […]

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  • June 3, 2012

    "In the Know"


    The Witness of Scripture J.R.R. Tolkien, the brilliant mind behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy, was enchanted with words. It started early in his life. When he was just a boy growing up near Birmingham, England, he watched the trains from Wales chug through the countryside. The cars on the trains had Welsh words […]

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    May 13, 2012

    Singing a New Song

    Year B: The Sixth Sunday of Easter

    The persistent demand throughout the Bible that people of faith sing loudly may at first seem cruel to those of us whose musical gifts do not fill the buckets in which we cannot carry a tune. “Come Christians, Join to Sing” would be less threatening for us if it were “Come Christians, Join to Talk” […]

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    May 6, 2012

    Wasting Too Much of Our Lives

    Year B: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

    “Abide” is a funny word to read out loud. During the Gospel Reading, I said “abide” ten times. That is probably ten times more than you have said “abide” in the last year. It is an old-fashioned word. Highway hotel signs read “stay here,” not “abide with us.” Baseball announcers don’t sum up an inning […]

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    April 29, 2012

    What Would Jesus Do?

    Year B: The Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Every Sunday when we gather here for worship; we have certain expectations about how we are to spend our time together. We sing our hymns, we lift our prayers, and we study the Bible. How would we respond to someone who interrupted the liturgy, the schedule that we follow each Sunday? What would we do […]

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    April 22, 2012

    What I Have I Give You

    Year B: The Third Sunday of Easter

    Have you ever been in a situation when you needed something from someone else? Did you have the courage to ask for it? Life is full of complicated situations. Perhaps you were at the dinner table and you needed more iced tea. The pitcher was sitting on the other side of the table next to […]

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