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“Go” Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 John 20:1-18 On this special day…when we celebrate the miracle of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…the ultimate victory over death…and like the early Christians we boldly proclaim “He’s Alive!” let’s start with a learned observation based on a more recent story. Dallas Willard…a professor at the University of Southern California School of Philosophy…has written a book entitled Divine Conspiracy.  He calls it a “…guide to living the life Jesus intends for us.”…

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Hosanna

“Hosanna” Isaiah 50:4-9      Mark 11:1-11               “Hosanna!  Hosanna!”   The crowds shouted “Hosanna!”  In the Hebrew of the day they were asking the king to save them…just as the woman from Tekoa pleaded with King David (2 Samuel 14:4) and another woman pleaded with another king of Israel at the time of great famine (2 Kings 6:26). The crowd had heard of Jesus.  Word had spread throughout Jerusalem of his teaching and his miracles.  Days earlier he had raised Lazarus…

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To Fulfill

“To Fulfill” Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29          Matthew 21:1-11   Next Sunday is what we call Palm Sunday…the day that marks the beginning of Holy Week.  Some call it Passion Week.  It’s the time we recognize the last week that Jesus spent on earth as God in the flesh. In January I was blessed to be among a group of Greenville area Christians who heard the lead preacher…lay persons…and our tour guide tell the story we have just heard in Matthew…in Jerusalem…walking…

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Blind

“Blind!”   1 Samuel 16:1-13       John 9:1-41   How about those Pharisees!  So blind that all they could handle were the rules… misperceptions…stereotypes…and habits  that had been cooked up over the years. Yep….rules that even said it was wrong to make mud on the Sabbath.  That was deemed “work.”  Because of this rule…they said… Jesus was wrong in healing a blind man…an innocent man who had been blind from birth.  Another rule forbade healing on the Sabbath.  And…a third rule…

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Water and Truth

“Water and Truth” Exodus 17:1-7  John 4:5-42             The famous British author and Christian apologist…C. S. Lewis wrote these words.  “To love at all is to be vulnerable.  Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.  If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal.” Clearly God…Jesus…and the woman at the well were vulnerable…because…clearly… they loved. Twice before…in their wanderings…God had…

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No Traffic Jam in the Second Mile

“No Traffic Jam in the Second Mile.” Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Matthew 5:38-48   How would you feel if you had been one of those disciples with Jesus?  He had just told you that four of the basics of the Law you had learned all your life were not quite correct interpretations of what God had meant…that the Pharisees and teachers had taught you incorrectly.  What’s next? Well…He’s about to tell you that two more interpretations of the Law were wrong…and…

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What’s on the Menu?

“What’s on the Menu? Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7       Matthew 4:1-11             I would understand if you thought today’s message was about food.  A menu is one of the first things you’re given when you go to a restaurant.  Adam and Eve dealt with fruit from a tree.  Jesus was tempted to turn stones into bread. It’s not…about food It’s about what you do when you’re given the menu…about making decisions.  We could make this short and simple by saying Adam…

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On the Mountain

“On the Mountain” Exodus 24:9-18 Matthew 17:1-9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu…and the seventy elders of Israel went up the mountain. There…they saw God. It was the most glorious thing they had ever seen or ever would see. To catch even a simple glimpse of God is to behold a beauty that is dazzling beyond all imagination and perfect beyond all thought. Therefore…seeing God was all that these men could ever want. But…they were given a further privilege…”they saw…

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You Shall Love!

“You shall……Love!” Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Matthew 5:38-48 Last week I closed with the suggestion that we all read the Sermon on the Mount at least once a week then ask the question…”How am I doing?” “Not easy”…you might say. Hear what C. S. Lewis…the great 20th century author and Christian apologist wrote in response to the accusation that he did not much care for the Sermon on the Mount. “…if ‘caring for’ here means ‘liking’ or ‘enjoying’, I suppose no…

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Live

“Live” Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Matthew 5:21-37 In this section of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus introduces six…what are called…”antitheses”. They are called that because they are presented in such a way as to seem to contradict the laws given to Moses. In each of the six Jesus uses some form of the phrasing…”You have heard it said…but I say.” Jesus was not contradicting the laws as they were given to Moses at all. He might have been contradicting some of…

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