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The Kingdom of God, Born Again, and Grace

John 3:1-17           OMG. Why haven’t I noticed this until now? I’ve been preaching and writing about the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God for fifteen years. I even led a group on the kingdom of heaven this … Continue reading

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Jesus – A Witness to Truth

John 18:33-37      Truth or Consequences was a television show originally hosted on radio by Ralph Edwards from 1940–1957) and later on television from 1950-1988 with other hosts. On the show, contestants received about two seconds to answer a trivia … Continue reading

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Grace Opened the Eyes of Blind Bartimaeus

Mark 10:46-52      Grace is usually the final answer to opening the eyes of the blind. I attended a leadership conference where the speaker (Gordon Lathrop) shared some information about the story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus.  He spoke … Continue reading

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Take Up Your Cross

Mark 8:27-38      “Put to death any dreams for what you think it takes to experience true life…Get behind me…Take up your cross and follow me, and then you’ll be on the right track. Wherever I lead you, that’s where … Continue reading

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Mary – Favored by God

  Luke 1:26-38                      And the angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Greetings, favored one.”  When I think of being ‘favored,’ I tend to think that I have done something that has pleased another person.  I also think that I what … Continue reading

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The Prodigal and Protestant Sons

  Luke 15:11-32       I think some well-intentioned Bible scholars might have named the story of the prodigal son incorrectly. That’s one of the problems with contemporary versions of the Bible when they give subtitles to stories. They cause us … Continue reading

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No Fear Here

Matthew 25:14-30 It’s too easy. Too slam dunk capitalistic for Jesus. God gives you money. You invest it. And just like Wall Street, the Boss congratulates you for your investment success and gives you a promotion. It’s the perfect explanation … Continue reading

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Is the Kingdom of God an Entitlement Program?

Matthew 21:33-46 This is a dangerous question to ask. Why? Because grace is holy ground for many people. The majority of these people have been trained since childhood that grace is the magic word that brings salvation. Except there’s one … Continue reading

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Facing the Tormentors

Matthew 18:21-35 The kingdom of heaven is like a king who forgave a servant because he pitied the man’s inability to pay an insurmountable debt.  In Martin Luther’s sermon on this text, he said to be in the kingdom of … Continue reading

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Grace Without Lines

Matthew 15:21-28 I guess this proves I’m getting old. I just took a vacation to Branson, MO, of all things. Yet, it’s one of the more entertaining vacations I’ve ever taken. So chalk it up to “wisdom.” Two weeks before … Continue reading

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