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The Meaning of Judas by Bob Thompson

March 26th, 2017

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Judas is a pawn of the priests, but Satan is a pawn of God. Matthew 26:14-16; John 13:18-30; Psalm 41:4-10   The man who will live in infamy Since I am prone to correct others’ grammar or word usage from time to time, it’s only fair (and actually appreciated) when others correct mine. I can […]

Enjoying Jesus by Bob Thompson

March 19th, 2017

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Psalm 110:1 is the Old Testament verse the New Testament loves the most.  Psalm 110:1-7; Mark 12:35-37   Comfort verses I remember telling this congregation early in my ministry, “Please don’t say you ‘enjoyed’ the sermon. I don’t preach for entertainment.” Today’s text rebukes that perspective. The crowd that heard Jesus in the temple courts […]

The Lesson of a Withered Tree by Bob Thompson

March 16th, 2017

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The desire for instant gratification may destroy you on the inside. Matthew 21:18-22; Jeremiah 7:20-29   An Acted Parable This morning I want to introduce Dr. Merritt Seshul, an otolaryngologist (I just like throwing 7-syllable words into the sermon) at Carolina Ear, Nose, and Throat. He’s been working on my vocal issues with me over […]

Love’s Lasting Appeal by Bob Thompson

March 6th, 2017

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Jesus chose broken bread, not palm fronds, as the enduring reminder of who he is and how he works.  Zechariah 9:9-13; John 12:12-16   Brother Joseph This past Thursday and Friday I attended a forum sponsored by Christian Churches Together (CCT) in Newark, New Jersey on the plight of persecuted Christians. The gathering was remarkable […]

Mike Hewat – Just Like Me by bob

March 4th, 2017

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This is going to sound a bit odd, but since I met with Mike’s family on Tuesday, I’ve been mostly thinking of ways in which he and I were alike. Maybe it started when I learned that Mike and Carolyn named their daughter Elizabeth Anne, and my sister was also named Elizabeth Ann.  Then there […]