Month: November 2011

SERMON from 11-27-11: “The REAL Real Christmas: What’s That?”

 John 3.16 16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.   Revelation 3.20 20 Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in

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SERMON from 11-20-11: “The ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving”

2 Corinthians 9.6-15 6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is

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Conversations with Cleverbot: Jesus and Christmas

Here’s the latest installment of my series of conversations with the AI program Cleverbot. As always, it devolved into a conversation about Cleverbot being defensive about being a computer–not a human. However, we do have a little discussion about how Jesus would feel about our observance of the Christmas holiday. User: Would Jesus approve of

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SERMON from 11-13-11: “Me, worry?”

Matthew 25.14-30 14 “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents

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A Call to Unity by the UMC Council of Bishops

November 10, 2011 Dear United Methodist Sisters and Brothers in Christ: Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ who calls us to faithfulness during a time of great and unsettling change around the world that God loves so deeply and also within the Body of Christ where Jesus is both head and redeemer. We

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SERMON from 11-6-11: “Caught Up In The Clouds”

1 Thessalonians 4.13-18 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those

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SERMON FODDER: The Rapture?

This post just sort of came to me. This week, I am preaching on 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18. This is a popular passage that proponents of the Rapture use as proof for their belief. I could go a hundred different ways with this passage, but this thought came to me as I was pondering this pericope

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Notes From The Pastor’s Office VIDEO BLOG #6

This episode includes fulfillment of an assignment I had to complete for my Issues in Evangelism class. It is my faith story. I hope it blesses you.

SERMON from 10-30-11: “Crossing Jordan”

Joshua 3:7-17 7 The Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so that they may know that I will be with you as I was with Moses. 8 You are the one who shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant,

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