Scripture Readings – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of September 15 & 16, 2018. OLD TESTAMENT  Exodus 3:1-8 Moses and the Burning Bush 3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared...

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Scripture Readings – Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of August 11 & 12, 2018.  Old Testament  1 Kings 19:4-13 While he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”  Then he...

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Suffering for the Faith

"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." - Matthew 5:11-12 This one is tough, isn't it.  It goes against what we want.  We'd love to...

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Hungering for Righteousness

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." - Matthew 5:6 I knew a guy in college who was a little different. He always seemed to have a smile and an uplifting word for everyone. He was always ready to help someone in need and truly seemed to enjoy it. He didn't do it...

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Trusting God, Even When We Want to Take Matters Into Our Own Hands

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." - Matthew 5:5  A couple of weeks ago we saw how God blesses the poor in spirit with the Kingdom of God.  For those who see their need for a savior and hear the wonderful words of the Gospel which brings salvation and eternal life.  This is a great hope, but...

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Scripture Readings – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of June 23 and 24, 2018. FIRST READING      Job 38:1-11 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?...

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Scripture Readings – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of June 16 & 17, 2018. Old Testament Ezekiel 17: 22-24 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain.  On the...

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Scripture Readings – Third Sunday After Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of June 9 & 10, 2018. Genesis 37:1-27 Joseph’s Dreams Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s...

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." - Matthew 5:4 There are many things in the world that can cause us to mourn.  We may mourn over the way our society seems to be shifting away from Jesus.  We may mourn because our nation seems so divided.  We may mourn over the destructive choices a friend or...

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Scripture Readings – Second Sunday After Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of June 2 & 3, 2018. OLD TESTAMENT Deuteronomy 5:12-15 (God creates the Sabbath.) "'Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.  On it you shall not do...

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Is Being Poor a Blessing?

Over the next several weeks I thought we'd focus on the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes (Blessed are the...).  Before we begin, however, we need to understand what Jesus is doing here.  Sometimes these passages are read as a new set of commandments or as Christian secret to happiness.  However, these statements aren't prescribing what we...

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Walking by the Spirit

"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." - Galatians 5:16 This past Sunday was Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate God sending His Spirit to dwell among us and in us.  It is the Holy Spirit who opens our hearts and minds to hear and understand God's Word.  It is the Holy...

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Scripture Readings – Day of Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of May 19 and 20, 2018. OLD TESTAMENT READING  Ezekiel 37:1-14 (God brings together the "dry bones" of the children of Israel and breathes new life into them by His Spirit.) The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle...

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Mom, The Image Of Christ?

"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." - 1 John 4:12 This past Sunday was Mother's Day.  During our services this week, Pastor Dave talked about Jesus praying for us and said how, in much the same way, mothers pray for us and...

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Confirmation, Not Completion

"Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness." - Col 2:7 NLT This past Sunday was Confirmation Sunday at Family of Christ.  8 eighth graders sat up by the altar and answered questions about God...

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Scripture Reading – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings for the weekend of May 5 and 6, 2018 FIRST READING ACTS 10:34-38 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the...

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Pruning the Branches

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." - John 15:1-2 This past weekend, my sermon was on the passage from John 15 where Jesus talks about being the...

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Scripture Readings: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Readings for the weekend of April 28 and 29, 2018. FIRST READING      Acts 8:26–40 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the...

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You Never Know Until You Do It

I remember when my daughter Kaylee was 6 and our family was going zip-lining.  She wasn't so sure about it.  In fact, it took some convincing to get her to do it and even then she would only go if she could do it tethered to Melissa.  Once she did it, though, it was a different story.  Not only was...

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Scripture Readings: Fourth Week of Easter

Scripture reading for the weekend of April 21 and 22, 2018. OLD TESTAMENT   Acts 4: 1-12  (Peter and John proclaim the message of Jesus crucified and rising from the dead.)  The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because...

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Righteousness by Faith, Not Works

"But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely...

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If Jesus Was Not Raised

And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.For if the dead are not raised,...

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Lenten Blog – 03-31-2018

Mark, Luke, and John have no accounts of anything happening on the day after Good Friday.  This would be expected because it is the Sabbath day and they would be expected to be doing nothing.  However, in Matthew, we have what some of the Pharisees did on this day after Good Friday.The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the...

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Lenten Blog – 3/30/2018

Have a blessed Good Friday.  Today is a day that is filled with the greatest tragedy of human history becoming the greatest blessing ever given humanity.  The Gospels are full of everything that happened with the trial of Jesus going on throughout the night.  The interrogations by Pilate and Herod are surrounded by the denials of Peter even knowing Jesus....

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Lenten Blog – 3/29/2018

Today is Maundy Thursday.  I am often asked, What does Maundy mean?  It comes from the new command in Latin (novum mandatum) to love just as Jesus has loved us."My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am...

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Lenten Blog – 3/28/2018

Today is Wednesday of Holy week and this is the calm day before everything happens in the next few days.  Jesus taught in the temple during the week and each night returned to Bethany and spent time with friends like Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.  They would often stop in the garden of Gethsemane to pray and rest in the journey...

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Lenten Blog – 3/26/2018

Yesterday began Holy Week.  We start the week with Palm Sunday and End with Easter.  During this week we have some unique worship services during the week, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  It can seem like nothing is really going on Monday through Wednesday, but the Bible records several things that Jesus did during this time.  He wasn't just sitting...

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Lenten Blog – 3/25/2018

Yesterday, several of us from the church went to Fort De Soto for fishing and playing on the beach.  It was a beautiful day for it.  As we approached Fort De Soto, I noticed something, there were more and more palm trees as we got closer to the beach.  I couldn't help but think of Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is an...

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Lenten Blog – 3/24/2018

We are going fishing with a group from church to Fort Desoto Beach today. I love the ocean and the beach. I love the palm trees there and Palm trees do make me think of the beach. I remember from doing some research that there are only two places that Palm branches are mentioned in the Bible.  First is in...

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