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Joy and Laughter by bob

April 23rd, 2017

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“A Christian should and must be a cheerful person.”  (Martin Luther) Genesis 21:1-7 April 23, 2017 Farewell to Holy Humor Saying farewell to Holy Humor Sunday is bittersweet to me.  I’ve enjoyed this 21-year run, but I’m ready to give it up.  I’ll tell you why before I’m done. The “farewell” service took me down […]

What Things? by Bob Thompson

April 16th, 2017

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As it turns out, slime is a superb symbol for Easter. Luke 24:13-35   Better than slime What things get you excited on Easter Sunday? There are lots of options, of course – the empty tomb, springtime, allergies, Easter lilies, new clothes, Easter egg hunts, children’s excitement, getting the family together, ham for dinner. The […]

As you might imagine, Easter is a busy weekend for a church and a pastor.  In addition to the services tomorrow, we also had a service Thursday night and I preached in the community Good Friday service.  I also have a wedding tonight, which meant a rehearsal last night. I probably wouldn’t be leading this […]

The Meaning of Death by Bob Thompson

April 10th, 2017

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Jesus’ crucifixion is the most surprising, memorable, and important fact about him. Mark 15:33-41   Remembered by his death About a decade ago, my wife Linda and I had the privilege of visiting Zurich, Switzerland. Our primary interest in that city was the life and work of Ulrich Zwingli, the sixteenth century father of the […]

Hated Without Cause by Bob Thompson

April 3rd, 2017

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“Faith is not something that makes you safe.”  (Dr. Kent Brantly, Samaritan’s Purse) John 15:18-25   Facing Darkness Facing Darkness is the remarkable story of a Christian response to the 2014 Ebola crisis in Liberia by Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, and SIM, a global missions agency that started its work in the Sudan […]