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Distractions & False Teachers

Rob (an elder) informed me that before I am allowed to go on vacation, he must first approve the scriptures he will be preaching because last week was the widow’s mite (e.g. money). I asked him if he would prefer to preach on the end of the world (as we know it)?

Our scripture is not happy, it is gloomy and scary.
It is the day each generation believes is coming and yet we pray it is not in our own lifetime.

These scriptures had me pondering that these are about not being distracted despite Jesus’ warnings of earthquakes, famines, and those who might lead us astray.

Our Daniel texts speaks of the resurrection, which is people coming out of their graves… but I hope it will not be zombies!

The conversations of zombies, natural disasters, lack of necessary resources, and those who led us astray are all distractions.

We live in a chaotic time of social anxiety and unrest.
As much as I would love to say “as never experienced before”…
that would be a lie.

As a nation we have had such times of social anxiety, unrest and chaos. In times of chaos, we attempt to find our anchors that hold us steadfast and prevent being distracted by the “signs” that the end is near.

I think about the chaos of the 1960s and 1970s, but one story in particular.

As a side note about looking back, hindsight is 20 20.
I will try not to get too far ahead of myself.

My grandmother and her sister were raised in Richmond (approx. 30 miles away), where they attended Richmond High School. A classmate asked her sister (e.g. my great-aunt) out on a date. She rejected him, but he briefly dated one of her friends.

He was smart and charismatic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 21, 2018 in Sermons


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Keep Alert & Work On


It is Advent! You either love or hate Advent. Advent is one of those times when the Church and society are not on the same page.

We in our everyday lives are making preparations for Christmas. Then when Christmas day finally arrives, we ready for the decorations to come down, the house back to be back in order, and to get back to our everyday lives. We are busy in this time of busy-ness which includes buying presents, wrapping them, social engagements, are we are always going to and from somewhere.

However in the Church, we say “Slow Down”. Advent is about preparations for the ultimate house guest, primarily in our hearts, which is Christ. It is time to slow down. Christmas morning is the beginning of Christmas lasting 12 days.

Advent is two sides for the same coin. We are all excited about the Christ child as the baby in the manger, who wouldn’t be excited about this? Yet, Advent does not begin there. Advent begins with texts that are less than warm and fuzzy, but with a text telling us to stay alert and be prepared for you never know when the Messiah will return. We refer to this side as the Second Coming. During these four weeks of Advent, we hold these in tension: the Christ child and the Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 13, 2017 in Sermons


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