Into the Den of Lions

One of the great joys of parenthood is sharing Bible stories with my kids. We’ve been really fortunate to have people share some incredible kids Bible story books with us, especially for baptism gifts or as special presents from godparents. Both of my kids are particularly fond of one book right now that includes the story of Daniel, which we just read together this morning.

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The Way Forward

[A piece of paper is slowly being torn in front of the microphone]

Did you hear that?

That is the sound of disobedience to God’s Word.

That is the sound of a heart that has been hardened by sin and self-pride.

That is the sound of a heart that has lost its way.

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Send Me!

In this dangerous political time, God’s people struggle with uncertainty, fear, and division. The nation is literally split in half, warring against its very self, contentious over its leadership. Facing a transition of power, people feel anxious. Seeing huge superpowers gathering on the horizon, many speculate about alliances, border security, and shows of strength. This is a dark time, and it’s about to get even darker.

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Merciful Remembrance

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

All Saints Sunday just might be the most important Sunday of the church year except for Easter.

It surely is a day that is closely connected to Easter because of common themes;

Death and life;

Sorrow and joy;

Despair and hope.

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God Provides

The powerful prophet Elijah comes to prominence at a difficult time in the history of God’s people. Last week, we heard about the work of King David to unite all the tribes of Israel as one powerful country. After David’s reign, his son Solomon succeeds him. Israel descends into a series of less-faithful kings and the nation itself ultimately divides in half. Elijah’s ministry comes during the reign of King Ahab, who ruled over the Northern Kingdom, who worshipped other gods – mostly notably and nefariously, the false god Baal.

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A House Full of Promise

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

We have moved a long way from last week to this week in the biblical time-line.

Last Sunday we heard the story of Hannah and how she gives back to God her most precious possession, a son born to her after her lament and her pleading to God for that gift.

It is truly a remarkable story of giving and trust.

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God’s Plan

Our confirmation students do credit sheets every year. They’re encouraged to practice the valuable Christian habits of coming to worship, serving their communities, and learning more about their faith. Whenever they do one of these things, they fill out a sheet reflecting on their experiences. For some confirmands, not having to do credits is one of the best things about finally reaching confirmation day.

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