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He Must Increase by bob

December 27th, 2015

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What a difference it makes when Jesus is first! John 3:22-36 December 27, 2015 Alone with a Bible Of the 31,102 verses in the Bible, there is only one of which I am able to say that I remember clearly when and where I first read it – or at least noticed it.  I was […]

Piling on Grace by Bob Thompson

December 20th, 2015

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The Bible’s story is layered with delicious varieties of grace. John 1:16 The last best word It seems appropriate at a service like this to begin the meditation with some hook to connect with whatever might already be on your mind. But it’s not as easy as you might think to find the right one. […]

Saryn and Edward, among other cherished memories from this day, you will always remember you got married with this sanctuary dressed in its Christmas glory!  You might also remember from a year ago the hesitancy of the church staff, and even the pastor, about scheduling a wedding at Christmas. I just want to tell you […]

Flesh and Blood, Skin and Bones by Bob Thompson

December 14th, 2015

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It’s not possible to over-humanize Jesus unless you under-deify him. John 1:9-14 Only in Jesus The prologue to John’s Gospel separates the Christian faith from every other worldview. The most obvious distinction is with those who don’t believe in God at all. A second separation is made by John 1:1: “The Word was God.” For […]

A Witness to the Light by Bob Thompson

December 7th, 2015

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The American impulse is separation. The Gospel impulse is incarnation. John 1:1-9 Back from Hawaii As most of you know, our family just returned from about two weeks in Hawaii. I’ve been asked if we feel rested. The answer is “No!” Door to door from our hotel in Hawaii on Wednesday to our house in […]