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Jesus Friend of Sinners

“Jesus, Friend of Sinners” Genesis 3:1-10 Matthew 9:9–13 A little boy was with his parents... visiting his grandparents house... when he opened up the big and old family Bible sitting on his grandparents coffee table. Fascinated, he flipped through the old pages... When, suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. So the boy reached down a picked it up... It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed in between the pages. Excited... the little boy called out, “Momma, Daddy, look what I found” the boy called out. “What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered: “I think it's Adam's underwear!” When we think of God... so many

God is Good!

God is Good! Ephesians 1:15-23 Psalm 100:1-5 After the baptism of his baby brother, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “The preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you guys.” If you grew up in a Christian home - like so many of us did - you may have learned the childhood prayer: “God is great. God is good... Let us thank him for our food.” While simplistic (and trust me, I appreciate simplistic), that childhood prayer exposes children to a crucial and foundational characteristic of God: It reminds us of his goodness. And one of phrases we’ve come to

Rest & Peace

Rest & Peace Psalm 23 Matthew 11:28-30 Before anyone starts to think I’ve lost my mind (it’s not lost it just wanders)... I'm completely aware that I preached from the 23rd Psalm a couple of Sundays ago. We specifically looked at the last verse of the 23rd Psalm... Do you remember? “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” In other words, God’s grace and mercy pursue me in this life, and I will be blessed by God’s presence eternally, forever and ever... both in this life, and in the life to come. It’s a comforting assurance for the believer. And today we turn to another of those familiar and comforting verses..

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule Matthew 5:10-12 Luke 6:27-31 Five centuries before the birth of Jesus, a Greek philosopher named Anaximander (A-nax-a-mander) is said to have created the very first map (geographical map) of the known world. It was very simple and crude by today’s standards, for sure. It pictured the world in 2-dimensions... as a flat, pie chart... with the land divided into thirds - Europe, Asia, and what he called “Libya” (Africa). And, in the very center of the map stood Greece... Of course, it’s no mystery as to why Anaximander placed his home - his country - himself - in the center of the world on his map! Even today... when China creates a map, China is front and center. If Russi

Love

Love 1 John 4:7-8 Romans 12:9-10 Let’s think about something that’s really important for a few minutes today. It’s quite possibly the most powerful 4-letter word in the English language. L.O.V.E. Of course, there are a thousand different ways to approach the subject of love. Love often means different things to different people... But for our purposes, today... I specifically want us to think about this question: How has love... and especially loving others... blessed our lives... and made our lives better? You know... we often find ourselves longing for so many things in this life... things like peace, and comfort, and joy. And we seem adamantly determined to seek out some complicated

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