Pentecost 9 – July 25, 2021

“Why Are You So Afraid?” – Mark 4:35-41   1. The storms of life Last month, when I spoke about God talking to Old Testament Job out of a windstorm, the Gospel Reading from Mark 6 featured a real windstorm. It was another windy night on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had just fed the […]

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Pentecost 8 – July 18, 2021

“8 Questions God Can’t Answer: How Many Loaves Do You Have?” – Mark 6:30-44   Last week – first question – “What do you want?” (about our deepest desires and cravings in life, and really what God wants for us) This week’s question from the lips of Jesus – story of feeding 5,000 (only miracle […]

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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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