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Listen to Him! by Bob Thompson

December 5th, 2016

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  Moses and Elijah to Jesus are like Jesus and Santa to Donald Trump. Matthew 7:1-13; Deuteronomy 18:15-19   And…Oh, y’all! Two individuals come to mind when I read a literal translation from Greek of Matthew’s version of the Transfiguration. The first is Linda’s college roommate, a southern belle with an effervescent personality. When she […]

The Spirit and Power of Elijah by Bob Thompson

November 28th, 2016

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We think we’re supposed to get it right.  God wants us to get it together. Malachi 4:1-6; Luke 1:11-17   The appendix and the cradle How did Thanksgiving go at your house? Early in the week I went to see Mom in Suffolk, Virginia. My sister lives nearby in Portsmouth, and I have two brothers […]

A Forward Look Back by Bob Thompson

November 21st, 2016

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“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  (Psalm 90:12) 2 Kings 2:1-18   Retirement announcement I have an announcement to make about my retirement. I’ve been here almost 24 years, and no pastorate can last indefinitely. Here’s my announcement:

Greater by Bob Thompson

November 14th, 2016

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If our greatest hopes or fears are tied to an election, we need a word from God.  2 Kings 1:1-4; 1 John 4:1-6   How I voted To say the least, it’s been an interesting week in America. For months, Americans have been trying to discern who would be the greater President, or at least […]

The Power of Power by Bob Thompson

November 7th, 2016

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“Great men are almost always bad men.”  (Lord Acton) 1 Kings 21:20-26 It could be worse This is yet another Scripture where our response to the reading, “Thanks be to God!” feels almost inappropriate. We close the text reading, “There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes […]