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BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Southern California sun is not always kind to our eyes, our skin and especially the top of our heads and faces. I’ve been to the dermatologist several times in the past 6 years to remove …

09 / 16 / 19

WHO SHOULD I INVITE TO THE SABBATH MEAL?
I INVITE YOU. PLEASE COME

Jesus is invited to a banquet in the home of a Pharisee, and he uses this invitation as a teaching moment, a ‘show and tell’ time for his disciples. Jesus says: “Notice how people are …

09 / 01 / 19

KEEPING THE SABBATH

Let’s talk about the Sabbath and what Jesus is saying and what he is not saying in our gospel passage today. What Jesus is not saying is that we are not to observe the Sabbath. …

08 / 25 / 19

MOUNTAINTOP ENCOUNTERS

About 8 days after Jesus foretells his death and resurrection, He takes Peter, James and John up on a mountain to pray. On the mountaintop, and as the three disciples peer through their tired droopy …

08 / 04 / 19

SITTING AT THE LORD’S FEET AND LISTENING

We have all heard stories about Mary and Martha, and every time we hear it seems like we must decide whether we are more like Martha or Mary. Martha appears to always get a bad …

07 / 21 / 19

GIVING AND RECEIVING DIRECTIONS

Naomi grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Some of the roads in Muskegon tend to make turns and even circles, because they were built to coincide with the big lake …

07 / 15 / 19

WALKING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES

Years ago, I was introduced to the writings of Stephen Covey and the famous phrase: “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood”. In other words, listen emphatically to others, and do your best …

06 / 30 / 19

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME

In the movie, Field of Dreams, an Iowa corn farmer (Kevin Kostner), hears a voice and interprets it as being directed to build a baseball diamond in his corn field, and just as the voice …

06 / 23 / 19

PENTECOST IS THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH

Do you enjoy celebrating birthdays? Do you enjoy birthday parties? Birthday parties are intended to be joyful occasions. We celebrate birthdays for everything that is important to us, and pleasant times also includes weddings, graduations, …

06 / 09 / 19

THE MARK OF A CHRISTIAN IS LOVE

The mark of a Christian is love. In our gospel passage this morning Jesus parting words are: “I am going away but listen to my final words to you”. His message is kind of like …

05 / 19 / 19