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15 May From The Tower To the Power

“From the Tower to the Power”- Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21 Everyone in this room is a part of a minority group. Less than 10% of the world has English as their first language. Just fewer than 500 million people speak English. Twice as many people, 1 billion, speak...

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08 May God @ Work Master Success

God @Work: Master Success – Matthew 14:13-21 When I received my grades after my first quarter at Virginia Tech and discovered that I had a 1.9 grade average, my father told me, after reminding me who was paying for this education, rather poignantly that getting my education was...

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01 May God@Work – Take This Job And Love It

Matthew 5:13 - 16 A man who needed a secretary hung a sign in his window that said, "Secretary wanted to file and type. Must be bilingual." Within a few minutes, a dog came trotting into his office with the sign in his mouth. At first...

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24 Apr God@Work – Creating A Positive Future

Proverbs 6:6-11, John 6:27 Let me share with you this morning 5 interesting facts about ants. In Proverbs 6 we read about the common ant and its activities, and from the close up view of one of God’s most industrious creatures and yet his smallest, we...

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27 Mar Giving It Up for Lent – Death

John 20:1-18 This past week Kay and I took our usual walk around our neighborhood. We watched the progress of trees and bushes and bulbs begin to come back to life after the cold and snowy winter. We live next to a field of Bradford Pear...

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20 Mar Giving It Up for Lent – Popularity

Matthew 21:1-11 Everyone wants to be popular. “Not me”, you say. Yes, we all do. Oh maybe we don’t want to be on “America Has Talent” or “The Voice” or “American Idol”, but even still we all want to be popular and liked. If we are...

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13 Mar Giving It Up For Lent – Judgement

Matthew 7:1-5, James 3:1-12 Every day we hear about teen suicides that have to do with rejection, bullying, false rumors, lies, and vicious gossip. It seems that these persons who commit suicide cannot take it. They crack under the pressure, and in a moment of deep...

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14 Feb The Fulfillment Of Our Aspirations

John 10:1-10 Every human being alive has aspirations or hopes for their lives. It starts when we are young and our parents begin to push us to be the best we can and to help us to figure out where we are going in life. There...

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07 Feb The Key To Freedom

John 8:31-36 In our post 9/11 world the word freedom has taken on a more powerful meaning than ever before. Every time you have to take your shoes off, belt off, and take out your change at airport security checkpoint, think of the word freedom. Our...

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24 Jan He Is Dying To Know Us

Romans 5:8, 8:31-39 They are found in and on top of churches everywhere. The cathedrals of Europe are in the shape of them. They are found on tombstones in cemeteries. People wear them as jewelry but also wear them to make a statement about their faith....

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17 Jan The Manifesto

Luke 4:14-21 If you were with us last week, I began a series of sermons entitled, “Why I am a Christian?” Last week I reminded us that God is the hound of heaven, which pursues and prods us in total love and grace until we surrender...

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10 Jan The Hound of Heaven

Luke 15:1-10, 19:10 Rapid travel and the electronic media have made us all aware as never before that there are different religions and faiths in the world. This is compounded by living in a time right now when religion and politics are mixing both nationally as...

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24 Dec What Child is This Really?

Luke 2:1-20 Tonight is Christmas Eve a time of breathless anticipation. When I was a child, June 21st was not the longest day of the year, but rather, it was Christmas Eve. It seemed like it was 48 hours long. The hours dragged by. I thought...

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06 Oct A Heart for the House – Service

Mark 1:16-20 When I was growing up it was important to help around the house. My father had a piercing whistle that when we heard that whistle and we were outdoors we were to stop what we were doing and come home immediately. We were to...

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07 Sep Help, I am Way Too Busy

Luke 10:38-42 It’s after Labor Day, the summer is over and for the most part the rest and relaxation is over. Route 3 seems more clogged with traffic. Many of us are back in the routine of work, school, soccer, volleyball, and other commitments and guess...

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31 Aug The Value of the House

Matthew 7:24-27 I was 59 years old before I could do something that most of you had done years before and that was to build or buy a house. In 2010 our financial advisor told us it was time. So Kay spent months on the internet...

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24 Aug The Prodigal That Stayed Home

Luke 15:25 - 32 Every one of us in this room loves a story or a television show or a movie that has a happy ending. For this reason I love Disney movies and I love John Wayne movies because all of them have happy endings. I...

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17 Aug The Man Who Talked With His Soul

Luke 12:13-21 Many of you who are my age or older can remember the comedian Jack Benny. He was a comedian known for his dead-pan skits especially a bout money. He tells this joke: He was walking down the street and was approached by an armed robber...

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27 Jul Exasperating Grace

Matthew 20:1-15 We are in the second sermon in a series entitled “Summer Stories”. We are looking yet again at some of the parables or stories of Jesus that describe who he is and who God is and how he wants to be in relationship with...

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01 Feb Life Attitudes – Meek, but not Weak

Matthew 5:5, Matthew 20:20-28 Some of my favorite reading in life has been books by the author J.R.R. Tolkien. He was a professor who taught at Oxford University in England. He wrote The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He wrote these stories for...

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25 Jan Life Attitudes – Face the Pain

Matthew 5:4, Philippians 3:1-10 It doesn’t matter what you have accomplished in life, or how long it has been, but going back to a high school reunion can start up feelings of pain that we felt as sixteen and seventeen year old teenagers all over again....

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06 Jan The Communion of All Saints

Psalm 149, Hebrews 11:39 - 12:2 I had a grandmother who loved to use the word saint when referring to me and to other people. I can remember that often when she would make a request of me she would say, “Brad, would you be a saint...

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