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On Waiting by bob

October 28th, 2012

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Waiting is better for us than having. Jeremiah 33:1-9 October 28, 2012 Where from here? Something about last week’s sermon touched those who heard it in ways I am still trying to understand.  After the service and through the week people kept saying things like, “the best sermon I’ve ever heard” or “one of your […]

The New Covenant by bob

October 21st, 2012

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God prefers imperfect intimacy to outward conformity. Jeremiah 31:31-34 October 21, 2012 Disappearing word Today’s sermon text is  about “covenant,” an important word in the Bible and in Christian history.  My dilemma is that “covenant” is not a common word today.  Google has a great program called “Ngram” which enables you to search a particular […]

Why I Stay in the UCC by bob

October 15th, 2012

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The following is an excerpt from my 10/14/2012 sermon, “God’s Plans for Your Life” On an October Saturday 20 years ago, I had a conversation with Martha Lineberger at the back of a Western North Carolina Association annual meeting.  She said, “Are you sure you won’t talk to our church about becoming our pastor?  All […]

God’s Plans for Your Life by bob

October 14th, 2012

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Our greatest need in difficult places is not escape. Jeremiah 29:1-14 October 14, 2012 Misfit ECOTs It’s been a little over 35 years since I asked Linda to marry me.  My mentor at the time was our college choir director, Bill Supplee.  “Mr.,” as we called him, had told me I owed it to Linda […]

Catherine and Greg, let me first say, “Thank you.”  It is my joy to share this day with you. Catherine, you were in Kindergarten when I became your pastor, and grew up with my baby girl, Jeni.  You have always had a special place in the Thompson family. Greg, in the same way that the […]