Pentecost 7 – July 11, 2021

“Every Spiritual Blessing… Sealed with the Holy Spirit” – Ephesians 1:3-14   1. Markings    a. Tattoos I’m sure you have noticed how popular tattoos and piercings are these days. Tattoos are common for young people and for sailors and for athletes, but they are not limited to those groups. You see tattoos on all […]

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Pentecost 6 – July 4, 2021

“God’s Grace… the Missing Peace!” – 2 Corinthians 12:1-10   1. The Missing Piece In the book The Missing Piece, children’s author Shel Silverstein tells the story of a circle from which a large triangular wedge has been cut. The circle wanted to be whole with nothing missing, so it went around looking for its […]

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Pentecost 5 – June 27, 2021

“Wait Quietly” – Lamentations 3:22-33   Introduction: the context of Lamentations Last Sunday, as I began my sermon on the life of Job, I said that it would not be surprising to expect a sermon on patience. But I also said that you would have to wait… patiently… for that sermon on another Sunday. Even […]

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Pentecost 4 – June 20, 2021

“Good News Out of a Storm” – Job 38:1-11   Introduction: The story of Job The Book of Job is a 42-chapter long story of one man – Job. In the various types of literature in the Bible, it is unique in that way… focused on one man rather than on the entire community and/or history […]

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Pentecost 3 – June 13, 2021

“God Does Whatever He Wants” – Ezekiel 17:22-24   Introduction – Two trees Have you ever seen an apple tree in late spring? Its leaves are that bright and lush green. Its branches look vibrant and full. The apple blossoms may already have fallen off, only to be replaced by the first promise of little […]

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