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We Will Serve the Lord by Bob Thompson

November 26th, 2018

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God is still the covenant maker, but he calls us his children, not his vassals. Joshua 24:14-28   Hittite covenants Today we conclude our study of the book of Joshua. We began with the children of Israel on the east side of the Jordan River, where they had already won significant battles under Moses to […]

Thanks be to God! by Bob Thompson

November 22nd, 2018

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Everything good in Thanksgiving is a gift from the Father above. James 1:17 November 22, 2017 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Source of every gift We white male Protestants try to claim too much credit for Thanksgiving.  Our legends often fail to acknowledge the partnership of others or our own blind spots. In James 1:17, the […]

If You Can Keep It by Bob Thompson

November 19th, 2018

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Don’t forget. You’re going to die. Joshua 23:1-16   What have we got? It was September 17, 1787, the final day of the four-month grueling process that created the constitution of the United States of America, which has stood the test of time. Dr. James McHenry of Maryland, one of the youngest delegates, overheard an […]

Faithful, Whatever by Bob Thompson

November 11th, 2018

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The Lord rewards Caleb for a lifetime of quiet faith and faithfulness. Joshua 14:6-15 Veterans Day We couldn’t have a better Scripture text for Veterans’ Day weekend. The first half of the book of Joshua (chapters 1-12) chronicles the battles the Israelites fought as they occupied their new homeland at the command and in fulfillment […]

Gray Briens – “Love” by Bob Thompson

November 6th, 2018

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One of the high privileges of shepherding one congregation for 25 years is knowing someone’s story for longer than a short season of their life.  I knew Gray Briens when she looked like that picture on the bulletin cover.  More importantly, I knew her long enough to know her husband, to see firsthand that playful […]