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Jesus comes…riding on a donkey!?!

Apr 10th, 2019 by Pastor Robert | Comments Off on Jesus comes…riding on a donkey!?!

Ronald Heifetz may have been talking about Jesus when he said, “Leadership is often a matter of failing people’s expectations at a rate they can stand.” Think about it, for the Jews of Jesus’s day, they had pretty clear expectations about who their messiah would be! A warrior who would bring political power back to […]

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“Lazarus, come out!”

Apr 4th, 2019 by Pastor Robert | Comments Off on “Lazarus, come out!”

“Lazarus, come out!” This is the resounding call I hear coming from John 11:1-44. Jesus hears of his friend’s approaching death and yet he waits two more days to make the journey to Judea. Jesus says, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be […]

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Light from Darkness

Mar 27th, 2019 by Pastor Robert | Comments Off on Light from Darkness

In John 9:1-41 we read the miraculous account of Jesus restoring the sight to a man who has been blind from birth. As is so characteristic of the book of John, Jesus represents light in the world, while some others around him contrast darkness. Specifically in this story, a man who was blind from birth, […]

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Jesus Teaches us to Pray

Mar 20th, 2019 by Pastor Robert | Comments Off on Jesus Teaches us to Pray

We are halfway through the season of Lent, a time of Spiritual Retreat, of turning toward God and learning from Jesus so that we may be for the prepared for journey through Holy Week. This week our church is looking at the text of Matthew 6:5-14, Jesus’s teaching on prayer. This is the beloved text […]

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Jesus’s Baptism

Mar 5th, 2019 by Pastor Robert | Comments Off on Jesus’s Baptism

John the Baptist preached a radical message of repentance from sin, John lived in the desert far from the sacred caverns of the Temple, and father still from the rituals and staunch practices that most Jews would have abided by in his day. And yet, this is the very man Jesus seeks to begin his […]

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Name that story!

Mar 4th, 2019 by Pastor Robert | Comments Off on Name that story!

We have a group of five congregants participating in a church membership and baptism class! This picture is from our most recent gathering where we discussed the early church. Can you guess which scene they are acting out?  

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Resurrected to our Calling

Feb 28th, 2019 by Pastor Robert | Comments Off on Resurrected to our Calling

One of my absolute favorite Bible stories is from I Kings 19:10-13. It’s the story of Elijah running away from his calling. It’s the story of God being revealed through natural disasters, and finally, bending low to meet Elijah where Elijah wants to meet God–in a whisper of a question, “What are you doing here, […]

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Compassion

Feb 14th, 2019 by Pastor Robert | Comments Off on Compassion

“Is there anyone deserving of kindness?” This is the question King David asks his advisors after his throne has been established over Israel. And the answer is, “Yes!” In this story from 2 Samuel 9:1-12 David is remembering his friendship with Jonathan, the son of the previous Monarch, King Saul. David is wondering if there […]

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Beyond our Patterns

Feb 7th, 2019 by Pastor Robert | Comments Off on Beyond our Patterns

This week we will be learning about the cycle of the Judges in Israelite history. The Judges were not as we think of judges today; gown and gavel in hand, but rather normal people called from within the folds of society to remind the Israelites how to be faithful to the work and witness God […]

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Service Sunday

Jan 30th, 2019 by Pastor Robert | Comments Off on Service Sunday

This week all over the US Church of the Brethren congregations will celebrate Service Sunday. This year’s theme is “Grow” and our theme verse is 2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to […]

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