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New Minds and New Hearts

  How many of you are Star Trek fans, like I am?   I don’t mean, a fan of those TV spin-offs (“The Next Gen.”, “Voyager” or “Deep Space Nine”), or any of those full-length movie sequels that have played in the theaters over the recent decades (they’re OK, I guess – but I don’t really…

New Minds and New Hearts

Yesterday was New Years Day, a time for reflecting on the year just passed, and looking forward with hope to the year ahead.  The year 2021 was certainly a “mixed bag.”   We all will remember some things about last year with fondness and treasure those memories for years to come (a family wedding, the birth…

#4: “I’m Telling You Why”

We have two readings this morning.  Our second lesson is a portion of the story of the Woman at the Well (from the 4th chapter of John):   25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”  26 Then Jesus told her, “I…

#3: You Better Not Pout

“Oh – You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout…”   Today is the third Sunday of Advent, and so we are continuing our preparations for the coming – not of Santa Claus, of course, but the coming of Christ into our lives and our world.  In the secular observance of…

#2 – “You Better Not Cry”

On this second Sunday in the Season of Advent, we are continuing our reflections, inspired by that familiar Christmas song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”  As I was listening to that song, I was struck by how each phrase of the song might echo a theme we find during the Advent season, as we…

#1 – “You Better Watch Out!”

Thanksgiving is over – all except for the turkey sandwiches, turkey salads, and turkey casseroles.  Now we are about to turn our calendars and focus our attention on getting ready for Christmas.  Of course, the stores of America have been diligent in reminding us that Christmas is coming – and they seem to do that…

#8: “Relational and Invitational Evangelism: Come and See”

Today we are concluding our series of sermons on “Living as a Disciple.”  Throughout the past couple of months, we have considered the seven essential spiritual practices all true disciples of Jesus engage in.  Those practices we have learned about are Prayer, Meditating on Scripture, Corporate Worship, Small Group Accountability, Financial Generosity, and Serving Out…

#7: “Gifted to Serve”

During the Great Depression, there was a sheep farmer named Yates who struggled to make ends meet.  Like millions of people in those years, he had to rely on government handouts to provide for his family.  One day, a geological crew came by and asked permission to drill for oil on his land.  Mr. Yates…