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Doubting Faithfully?

                                                                    INTRODUCTION The scripture passage that Sharon just read is one of my all-time favorite stories in the Bible.  Now I can see how you might be wondering why the story about ‘doubting Thomas’ could possibly rate as one of my favorites when there are so many other stories that are more interesting…

RISEN FROM DOOM WITH HEALING

What a joyful Easter morning, in spite of a cold snap, to celebrate Christ Jesus’ resurrection from the dead!  According to the earliest recording of the Good News of Jesus, the Gospel of St. Mark, the first Easter morning started off more like a typical present day of doom scrolling with the women who had…

Overturning the Tables

  Our scripture reading today from the Gospel of Mark occurs the day after Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. He enters Jerusalem amid exultation from the masses who are gathered for Passover and He is welcomed into the city as their chosen King. The people demonstrate their approval by the laying down of their cloaks…

PAUSING FOR HEALING WORDS WHILE CLEANING OUT CLOSETS

            In today’s passage of Mark, we continue to see the emphasis of urgency as Mark depicts Jesus plunging into his ministry of teaching and healing immediately upon beginning his ministry and calling his disciples.   Jesus goes to the synagogue and begins teaching with his words of authority as opposed to the typical rabbi’s way…

In Focus

Last week, I had one of those moments that you often hear comedians talking about as they’re setting up a joke they’re about to tell.  That moment is usually presented with a phrase like, “A funny thing happened on the way to the store…” or some such phrase like that.  And then they continue with their joke.  But for me, it was…

Listen For God’s Voice

Does God speak to you?  When was the last time you felt God was speaking to you? Maybe you’re not sure God has ever spoken to you. God does have a plan for your life and he wants to share it with you if you’ll just simply ask Him. We should start our mornings with…

A TIME OF FOLLOWING THE LIGHT AND TAKING THE PLUNGE

Epiphany:  Matthew 2: 1-12 & Baptism of Jesus:  Mark 1: 9-13;                       The Rev. Pam Stewart         Tomoka UMC               “Epiphany” is the Greek word for ‘a sudden revelation’, or an ‘Ah Ha!’ moment.  If I plunk the heel of my hand against my forehead [demonstrate], that reminds you of what?   The commercial for V8 juice,…

A New Commitment

INTRODUCTION I want to begin this morning by wishing all of you a safe, healthy, prosperous, blessed, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Over the last, oh, I’ll say maybe 35 to 40 years, I’ve been fascinated by our obsession with measuring, well, everything.  And it does seem to be an obsession.  For 39 years, I made…

Embracing Hope.

Scripture Reading       Luke 2:22-40  Lord, this morning we come to you with open hearts; Hearts that need to be mended, Hearts that need to be filled with New hope, Hearts that need to be redirected, Hearts that need to be encouraged and forgiven. Amen   Embracing Hope The prophet Simeon, a devout and righteous man…