A Community Who Includes

Originally Preached at Alger First UMC on 5/7/2017 The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of […]

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Blessed Assurance

Originally preached at Alger First UMC on 4/23/2017  It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands […]

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Homeward Bound

Preached at Alger First UMC on 4/16/2017 Easter Sunday After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the tomb. Look, there was a great earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven. Coming to the stone, he rolled […]

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An Emptied Self

Preached at Alger First UMC on April 9, 2017: Palm/Passion Sunday   Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus: Though he was in the form of God,         he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit. But he emptied himself         by taking the form of a slave         and by becoming like human […]

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Believe Into

Originally preached at Alger First UMC on 4/1/2017 Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A A certain man, Lazarus, was ill. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This was the Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped his feet with her hair. Her brother Lazarus was ill.) […]

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Nurture

Originally preached at Alger First UMC on 3/26/2017 Lent 4A: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who was blind from birth. Jesus’ disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned so that he was born blind, this man or his parents?” Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents. […]

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Accept

Originally Preached at Alger First UMC on 3/12/2017 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A “There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you […]

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