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July 30th The Sermon on the Mount “Guidance from Jesus About Sharing, Praying, and Doing”

Dear Sisters and Brothers,  Every now and then, preachers will come across a text that looks difficult, uncomfortable, or simply very different than other texts.  Today, we get a verse that may have been inserted into the Sermon on the Mount because Jesus said it, but they didn’t have a better place to insert it.  Not only that, but…

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July 27th Sermon on the Mount: Dealing with Anxiety

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  It’s a good thing that mice fear cats.  It’s a good thing that crossing a busy road is frightening.  Fear is an emotion that helps to keep us safe from the things of the world that could easily hurt us.  Fire, firearms, explosions, tornados, sharp knives, poisonous chemicals, dilapidated old buildings and sheer cliffs should…

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July 26th Sermon on the Mount: The Love of Money

Note: For folks at today’s worship service, this letter is a slightly different version of today’s sermon.  Dear Sisters and Brothers,  You can live in our society for your whole life without making a clear spiritual statement.  You are not required to believe in God, Father, Son or Holy Spirit.  You are allowed to reject charity, which is an…

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July 23rd Sermon on the Mount: Piety

First, a note about Sunday worship from my wife, Meg: Please consider bringing chairs and sitting outside for worship.  Why?  Well, this past Sunday I took the bold step of leaving my car and sitting in a lawn chair for worship.  I did this because I thought it would be cooler than roasting in my vehicle.  There is plenty of shade in the…

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