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Soli Deo Gloria by Bob Thompson

October 16th, 2017

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Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1   Some weeks it’s harder One of the challenges of preaching is that every week, ready or not, you have to present a message that you’ve got life and faith figured out. Some weeks it’s harder than others. […]

Why the Bible is Useful by Bob Thompson

October 9th, 2017

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“My conscience is captive to the Word of God.” (Martin Luther) 2 Timothy 3:10-17   Sola Scriptura Five hundred years ago this month, everything changed. An otherwise obscure and somewhat insecure monk challenged the status quo by posting 95 debate propositions on the door of the university chapel. At least that’s how the story has […]

The Surprising Story of Jacob by bob

October 1st, 2017

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“If God could use Jacob, he can use anybody!”  (E. V. Hill)  Genesis 28:10-22 October 1, 2017 Alone, anxious, and afraid What happens when life turns out exactly like you dreamed, and it’s somewhere between disappointing and terrifying? That’s what happened to a man named Jacob and his mother Rebekah.  The two of them conspired […]

All the Way by Bob Thompson

September 25th, 2017

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We are not wise enough to choose on our own. Genesis 24:1-14   God guides When Linda and I traveled in Europe a decade ago, among our favorite places was Zurich, the home of Ulrich Zwingli, one of the “big three” sixteenth century Protestant reformers. Singing “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” in Grossmunster (Zwingli’s […]

Let’s End This by Bob Thompson

September 17th, 2017

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Every temptation is an opportunity to pass a test.  Genesis 22:1-18   Beautiful and horrible Genesis 22 is both beautiful and horrible. For many, this is a narrative that points in the direction of total commitment to God – reverence, worship, obedience. For others, however, it is a repulsive story that creates a barrier to […]