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19 Feb Reconsider Rules Carved In Stone

“Reconsider Rules Carved in Stone”- Exodus 20:1-17 Since the dawn of creation, humankind has been on a quest for the meaning of life. Seeking answers to core questions of who we are, why we’re here, and how to make the most of our lives. I’m here to tell...

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05 Feb Seven Steps to Spontaneity

“ Steps to Spontaneity”-I Thessalonians 5:16-22 Kids say the darndest things. There is the story of a minister whose church had a coffee hour right after the service. One Sunday the minister was doing the children’s message when he asked a little boy why did the church have...

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29 Jan Hope In a World Like This

“Hope in a World Like This”- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 When I was growing up we used to watch the television show, The Twilight Zone”. I can remember one episode called, “A Most Unusual Camera”. A husband and a wife robbed a curio shop and one of the things...

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23 Oct Service

“Tag- You’re It-Part 3-Gifts- 1 Chronicles 29: 1-18 Dusty Baker who is currently the manager of the Washington Nationals was in November of 2002 hired to be the manager of the Chicago Cubs. When he became their manager he was asked about the team’s long history of post-season futility....

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15 Oct We All Must Do Our Part

“Tag! You’re it”- Ecclesiastes 3:1-9, James 4:13-17 There are all kinds of tags. There are luggage tags, dog tags, name tags, price tags, Christmas tags that say To: From: In our house we call them to-froms, and sales tags. You can be tagged on Facebook or tagged out...

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31 Jul The Last Word On Life

“The Last Word on Life-We Live”- John 3:16, John 14:1-4, Revelation 21:1-5, 15-18 In one of his Far Side cartoons, Gary Larson depicts a winged man sitting in heaven on a cloud. No one is near. There is nothing to do. The guy is marooned on a cloud...

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24 Jul Heaven’s Whoever Policy

Heaven’s “Whoever Policy”-We Believe- John 3:16, Matthew 20:1-16 There is an ancient Egyptian obelisk which looks like a small Washington Monument that is 3,500 years old that was brought from Alexandria Egypt and erected in London in 1877. There is also one erected in New York and In...

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17 Jul The Heart He Offers

The Heart He Offers”- John 3:16 Unless you have been living under a rock for the past many months you know that the summer Olympics will be starting in about 3 weeks. This time they are being held as you know in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You also...

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03 Jul The Most Famous Conversation In The Bible

“The Most Famous Conversation in the Bible”- John 3:1-17 You know this story well because you know within this story is a most famous verse, verse 16. It seems that most people even those who do not attend church know this verse. You used to see it at...

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26 Jun Together In Praise

“Together in Praise”- Jeremiah 31:7-9, John 17:20, 21, Acts 2:46, 47 Over the last four weeks we have been looking at 5 characteristics that brought the early church together in strong unity. As a result the early church changed the world. I have been challenging our church to...

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19 Jun Together In Priorities

“Together in Priorities”- John 17:20, 21, Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:2-6 Jesus prayed a prayer before he died that the disciples and the early church would be united together to win the world for Jesus Christ. The early church took those words to heart and worked together in five...

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12 Jun Together In Possessions

“Together in Possessions”- Malachi 3:10, Luke 12: 22-34, John 17:20, 21, Acts 2:43-45 Today you cannot pick up the newspaper, watch TV, WTOP radio, or receive infomercials on your computer or phone that don’t give you an opportunity to invest in the future. Those who do this for a...

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05 Jun Together In Presence

“Together in Presence-1Peter 3:8-15, Matthew 9:35, 36, John 17:20, 21 Last week I began a series of sermons based on the unity found in the early church. This unity began with Jesus’ prayer in John 17 when he prayed for unity as the early church was going to...

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29 May Together In Prayer

“Together in Prayer”-Daniel 6:4-11, John 17:20-21, Acts 1:12-15 There was a billboard that showed a little girl sitting on her father’s shoulders waving an American flag. The caption read, “What makes us great-Unity pass it on.” Since 9/11 the caption, “United We Stand”, has been the theme we want...

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22 May EZ Pass

“EZ-Pass”- Mark 10:35-45, Romans 13:8-10 You know the feeling you get when you are waiting in a long line for something or to go somewhere, Busch Gardens, or checking our luggage in at the airport and go through security, and lo and behold someone is allowed to go...

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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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