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Our text(s) this week comes from Luke 11.

The disciples ask Christ to teach them how to pray and Christ gives a model to pray. It becomes known as the Jesus prayer, the Lord’s prayer, and the Our Father prayer. It is:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hollowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those you trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

This last week my family and I were on an Alaskan cruise and the tour guides in the different ports of call often shared the most common questions that they are asked, which seemed to be ‘how are the winters in Alaska’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Sermon Summaries


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Lent: A Pious Christian Display?

(This is what I plan to preach tonight, 18 Feb. 2015; but I don’t use a manuscript.)

I have spent the last week or so, setting up and organizing my scrapbook or craft room. The concept is that the room itself would be decorated with mementos from High School, College, my travels, and general adventures that are unable to fit within the pages of an actual scrapbook. As I finished this task the other day, I pondered how much the room seemed to be an “I Love Myself” room.

Let me explain. Most people, especially in high school, have a section of their bedroom or an entire wall dedicated to certificates, awards, and various achievements earned. In my family, this is called the “I Love Myself” wall… and now, I seem to have a whole room.

This caused me to ponder Ash Wednesday and Lent in general.

Last year, Ash Wednesday “trended” on social media. People (and congregations) encouraged others to attend worship with the clever catch-phrase “Get your Ash in Church”. And after getting the ashes, people were encouraged to take a selfie and share with the clever #AshTag. This year it has expanded with Christian companies offering individuals a chance at free items, if they do so and include the company’s hashtag as well.

Have we turned Lent, and especially Ash Wednesday, not into a “I Love Myself” wall but into a “Pious Christian” display? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Sermons


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