Expect God

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This healing does not go as expected.

Naaman, this brief character of the Old Testament, gets mentioned in Luke 4 as Jesus is stating how prophets are not accepted in their hometowns. Naaman was as outsider, yet this is the one individual Elisha cures of leprosy. Naaman then worships the Lord and Elisha forgives his sins, sending him in peace.

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“My God, My Rock”

“The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of perdition assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.”  The Psalmist describes something that we have felt in our own lives. Death is everywhere.  No matter what I did or where I looked, all I could see was death.  Death keeps winning.

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Time to Act

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Solomon loved the Lord.

These are arguably the four most important words in today’s reading as we gather on Reformation Sunday and the last Sunday of our 4 week stewardship emphasis when we put our faith into action by turning in our giving plans for 2019.

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Truth And Power

            For me to tell you about the thing David did that displeased God, I have to tell you about who David is in the first place.  Last week, we heard how Joshua led God’s people into a renewed commitment to the God who had brought them out of slavery in Egypt and into victory in the land God promised them.

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Live, Give and Act

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Is freedom without any boundaries really freedom?

If you desire to have direction and purpose in your life don’t you need some help and guidance as to how to do that?

And have you figured out how it is you want to live, give and act as someone who has been called into a faith relationship with God through Jesus Christ?

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Taken Down, Raised Up

Grace and peace from God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Allow me to refresh your memories about the story of Joseph.

He was the favorite son of Jacob.

He is sometimes called the dreamer because Joseph had dreams that his brothers would bow down to him. Just for the record, his brothers didn’t like that about Joseph.

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    Hey, I don’t want to freak you out, but you’re not safe here.  Did that sound a little ominous?  Good, because I meant it to.  I mean, don’t panic, but what you just heard, and what it means, and what it says God does in our lives?  That’s not safe.  God’s call to Abram, who God will later rename Abraham, it’s not a call to security or prosperity or reliability or stability.  If you want to stay safe in your faith, you’re not gonna like this.

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Intentional Renewal

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen. The root word for intentional is intention. Webster’s dictionary defines intention this way; a determination to act in a certain way or what one intends to do or bring about.[1] As you examine your own life, what kinds of things are you intentional about? In the context of your family, your work, your personal habits around health and wellness and yes, your spiritual life.

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