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Compassion by bob

February 23rd, 2014

No Responses

Compassion happens where their story trumps your story. Matthew 15:29-39 February 23, 2014 Other suns About 15-20 people from Corinth and 15-20 from Morning Star First Baptist Church have been reading and discussing a book, The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson, for several months, culminating with the author’s lecture at Lenoir Rhyne University […]

What To Do About Weeds by bob

February 16th, 2014

No Responses

The goal is not to eliminate the weeds; it’s to harvest the wheat. Matthew 13:26-30, 36-43 February 16, 2014 Which one doesn’t matter? I had two experiences this week that made this sermon come together, one on Wednesday, and the other on Friday.  I’ll save the Friday experience for the end. The Wednesday experience happened […]

What I Fear and What I Don’t by bob

February 9th, 2014

No Responses

What’s keeping you from the conversation? Matthew 10:26-31 February 9, 2014 Lost souls I had a conversation with someone last week who is very successful.  He had a problem he wanted to discuss with me, but during the course of the conversation I asked him, “What’s at the core of who you are?”  His honesty […]

When to Hang Out with Sinners by bob

February 2nd, 2014

No Responses

Jesus parties with tears in his heart so he can show sinners God’s mercy. Matthew 9:9-13 February 2, 2014 An invitation from sinners Today’s passage about Jesus eating dinner with Matthew and his friends brought to mind two social invitations I received 2-3 years ago.  One was in Hickory for the celebration of the marriage […]

Healing Faith by bob

January 26th, 2014

No Responses

When our sickness and our healing turn us toward Jesus, they have done their work. Matthew 8:1-17 January 26, 2014 Stories of healing faith In our studies in the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of identity, we have learned that we know best who we are when we know who Jesus is.  What Matthew does […]