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God’s Healing

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Yea, Moses, just grab the next snake you see and wrap him around a pole.  You might have to rip it from the heels of someone it just killed, but, you know, easy come easy go. That’s one of the texts I preached from yesterday.  It would have been easier to skip it, but then Jesus had to refer back to it, like he wanted us to try make sense of it.  In short, what I wanted to remind everyone is that God’s love endures.  Heck, with how unenduring our love…read more

Words of life

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Well, I have a heads up for the next time I preach about Jesus clearing the temple. I’m not quite sure what it is about that story, but I love it!  This was my Sunday Facebook post: I’m always holding back the urge to flip over the tables in church and kick the offering plates. But on the Sunday we read about when Jesus did that, it almost feels like the right thing to do. See you at 11am @ Shiner FUMC…this could get exciting. So, the next time this…read more

Walking With God

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I’ve been preaching from the Psalms for the last couple of weeks. That’s always a bit of a challenge. Usually, you can retell a story of Jesus or explain something Paul was trying to say. With a psalm you have to pay closer attention to what the psalmist was feeling and what may have sparked the words s/he wrote. This week I tied some of the words from Psalm 22 to our ideas of success and failure. If our self esteem is tied to how well we do (or don’t…read more

I have a six pack for you

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Last year I made it a point to plan out my sermons for the entire year. It was difficult, but extremely beneficial. So much so that since around November I’ve anticipated getting to January so I can do it again. Call it good organization, being prepared or just hermeneutical nerdiness. It works for me now. If a sermon doesn’t connect to the spiritual life of the people who hear it, then what good is it at all? That’s a rhetorical question. The next six or not. Since I want my…read more

How to be happier

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We’ve all been told, and you may even believe that it is better to give than it is to receive. That’s what we know. That’s what we say. Quite often, however, what we know and say does not match what we do. Consequently, we have a church full of people who don’t know the true joy of giving the way God shows us is better. Oh sure, we may give our donation (I dislike that word). We may even give in ways that don’t involve money. The impact, though, is…read more

It’s not an underdog story

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If it were at all possible to fall asleep during your own sermon, anyone at my church would have found out this past weekend.  Our family celebrated a birthday with a big party Saturday night, and I was beyond beat by Sunday morning.  Still, I preach, therefore, I am.  So, tired eyes and all, I preached. This was a great Sunday for our church.  For one thing, we had 100 people in attendance, which is a big deal for us.  Our young people led us in singing praises to God….read more