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08-18-2019 “The Teachings of Jesus: Loyalty” NT: Hebrews 11:29-12:2    Gospel: Luke 12:49-56 How many of you have been offered a loyalty rewards program? This week I attempted to check into a hotel in East Peoria, but the employee had to call my wife and speak to her directly because my name was not on […]

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08-11-2019 “The Teachings of Jesus: Preparedness” NT: Hebrews 11:1-3 & 8-16    Gospel: Luke 12:32-40 The Girl Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” A fuller explanation is, “A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in […]

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08-04-2019 “The Teachings of Jesus: Greed” NT: Colossians 3:1-11      Gospel: Luke 12:13-21 In his book of sermons, Clovis Chappell writes about the excavation of Pompeii. He wrote specifically about a woman who had been embalmed by the ashes of Vesuvius. Her feet were turned toward the city gate, towards a hopeful exit from […]

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07-28-2019 “The Teachings of Jesus: Sharing”  NT: Colossians 2:6-15     Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 Nike coined the phrase “Just Do It” in 1988. An odd fact about their slogan was that the advertising agency that came up with the saying gave credit to Gary Gilmore, a convicted killer whose last words before facing a firing […]

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07-21-2019 “The Teachings of Jesus: Priorities”  NT: Colossians 1:15-28 Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 In our third part of this summer long sermon series about the teachings of Jesus we hear from the Apostle Paul about priorities. According to the scripture from Colossians what are the priorities of Paul? As I read it they are: First, he […]

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07-14-2019 “The Teachings of Jesus: Compassion”  NT: Colossians 1:1-14 Gospel: Luke 10:25-37 “Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet,” said Will Rogers. How many of us really believe this? Sounds like something Jesus would have said. Has crime and violence caused us to fear strangers? Do we avoid people we don’t know these days, […]

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07-07-2019 “The Teachings of Jesus: Evangelism”  NT: Galatians 6:1-6 Gospel: Luke 10:1-11 & 16-20 OPENING “The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service.  The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.”  This is a quote from Billy Graham, one of the most […]

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06-30-2019 Be Guided by the Spirit

06-30-2019 “Be Guided by the Spirit”  NT: Galatians 5:1 & 13-25   Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 How do we measure the difference between success or failure? What determines a raise in salary or maybe a promotion? What tells you that you’ve had success in the harvest fields each fall. You have a formula to know how […]

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06-16-2019 We Say Yes to God

06-16-2019 “We Say Yes to God”  OT: Psalm 8   NT: Romans 5:1-5     Gospel: John 16:12-15 (Read Psalm 8) When we read Psalm 8 we hear a short list of some of the things God has given us. Yet, for a short list, there is a lot of stuff in there. A lot […]

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06-09-2019 God Says Yes to Us

06-09-2019 “God Says Yes to Us”  NT: Acts 2:1-21      Gospel: John 14:8-17 God talk can be difficult to get right, even among professionals. A priest and a pastor from two local churches were standing by the side of the road holding up a sign that read, “The End Is Near! Turn yourself around […]

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