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A Great Light by Bob Thompson

December 19th, 2016

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Candlelighting 2016  Matthew 4:12-17   My brother the lighter I said this morning that Christmas week has begun at our home, with the arrival of three children, plus a spouse and a boyfriend and two dogs. We’re loving it. At Thanksgiving I connected with my family of origin, including my four siblings. I love them […]

Standing on the Promise by Bob Thompson

December 19th, 2016

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“No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” (2 Cor. 1:20) Genesis 12:1-7 Galatians 3:15-19   The contract It happened more than twenty years ago, in the minivan phase of our life. There were three kids, which meant that two kids would share one seat and one would have the luxury […]

How to Hope by Bob Thompson

December 12th, 2016

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Never, ever give up that all mankind will see God’s salvation. Isaiah 40:1-5; Luke 3:1-6   Trafficking in hope One of the key reasons people come to church, especially if they’re coming back after an absence, is to help them hold on to hope. On a fairly regular basis I hear something along this line: […]

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 […]