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New Creations & Perfume

I have been called a unicorn, a mythic creature that does not exist.

But, if I am a mythical creature, I do not want to be a unicorn.
I would rather be a Phoenix.

You can blame it on me raised in the Phoenix valley, but that is not the whole of it

The Phoenix, according to legend, self-combusts into flames but is re-created from the ashes stronger, better, more powerful than it was before.

THAT is the purpose of Lent and it is a theme throughout our scriptures this morning.

Our scriptures are about change with the old being undone and cast aside in order for new birth and a new creation.

Be honest, change can be intimidating especially as we grow older and become comfortable in our lives, our sense of security, and aware of expectations.

But, our scriptures tell us ‘toss it away because something new is happening’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 10, 2019 in Sermons


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New Life, New Future

This is our last Sunday in “Lent” as the Holy Week journey, closing in on the cross, begins next Sunday. This Sunday summaries the whole of the Lenten season, but especially the last two Sundays.

On March fourth, we had Jesus overturning tables in the temple, chasing the people out with a whip, and yelling that the temple had been turned into a den of thieves. I preached about the difference between the letter of the law and the Spirit of the law, which can be significant.

Our Old Testament scripture (Jeremiah 31:31-34) speaks of a day when we will not have to tell one another “know the Lord”. We will not need to teach one another the law anymore, because the spirit of the law will be engraved within our hearts and within the fabric of our being. Therefore, we will no longer think about and strive to fulfill the law.

While last Sunday, we heard stories of healing. We heard of the bronze serpent raised up in the wilderness to heal (cure) the people of Israel from snake bites. Then, Jesus references it and foretells of himself lifted up for the people, which I linked with our scripture this morning (John 12:20-33) when Jesus proclaims that he will draw all people into himself when he is lifted up.

What is the significance of the spirit of the law (new standard), the new life that comes from healing, AND being drawn into Christ himself? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 18, 2018 in Sermons


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