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Sermons by John Schafer

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…

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…

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…

Jesus, Love, and the Law

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22: 34 – 46 When Pastor Jose asked me to share the message with you this week, he sent me the reading from the liturgical schedule, and after reading it, I actually became pretty excited about what I was reading.  So I went back and reread all of chapters 21, 22, and 23,…