Tag Archives: love

Merry Christmas!

A few years ago for Christmas I gave my niece Emma a Fisher Price nativity set just like this one. The cutest little roly poly Mary and Joseph you’ve ever seen, with a little baby Jesus in the straw. I … Continue reading

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A Surprise Gift

Luke 1:13-17 The angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. You will have joy and gladness, and many … Continue reading

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Bearing Our Weight

Philippians 3:4-11 If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to … Continue reading

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Working Out Our Faith

[Transcript of a sermon delivered August 21, 2016, at Plantation United Methodist Church] Philippians 2:12-18 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your … Continue reading

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A Matter of Gratitude

[Transcript of a Communion meditation delivered August 7, 2016, at Plantation United Methodist Church] Philippians 1:1-11 (New Revised Standard Version) Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the … Continue reading

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Prayer for those considering violence

Praying this morning for people around our world who are entertaining thoughts of bloodshed. May their spirits be touched by grace so overwhelming, that whatever is broken in them would begin to mend. May people come into their lives who … Continue reading

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Boldly Go

Philippians 1:12-14 (New Living Translation) And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows … Continue reading

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Parting Words

[This post is a transcript of my final sermon at Aldersgate UMC, delivered June 4/5, 2016.] Philippians 2:5-8 (New International Version) In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, … Continue reading

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Tested by Sunlight

Philippians 1:9-11 (New International Version) And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Afraid!

Matthew 28:5-7 (New Living Translation) Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said … Continue reading

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