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Happy Trials to You

You may not have felt it often, but you’ve felt it some.  You’re in your happy place: Wading along the shore of the beach as gentle waves lap against your ankles. Or maybe it’s camping in the mountains, breathing that clean, crisp air. Or maybe it’s rocking your just asleep newborn in the middle of a quiet night. Or maybe it’s sitting in the deer stand as the sun comes…

Dangerous Plunge

During one of my high school summers I worked the night shift at Ken’s Pizza in Branson.  We closed around 11:00.  It was close to midnight before we got things cleaned up for the next day.  The night manager, David, had a boat.  So several times that summer, some of us would leave the pizza place, drive out to Table Rock Lake, take his boat to an island, camp there, and…

A Word for Kyle

And that story has brought us to this day.  I invite you to open your Bible to Acts 1:6-8. It was time to say goodbye.  Jesus gathered his followers together outside Jerusalem.  A lot had happened in the last 42 days.  The Romans executed Jesus on the cross.  A handful of Jesus’ friends buried him.  And on the third day, God raised Jesus from the dead.  Jesus hung around…

And the Wall Came Tumbling Down

I had planned to go a different direction today as we prepare to come to the Lord’s Table.  But in light of Charlottesville, the event that happened in our own city yesterday, and a couple of prayer meetings I attended on Saturday morning, the Lord changed my direction.  I invite you to open your Bible this morning to Ephesians 2:11-22. Grace Thomas grew up in Birmingham,…

Speak, Lord, Your Servant Is All Ears

George Sanders is the priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church up on Weddington.  He also serves as a chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital’s geriatric psych unit.  At a mental health event a couple of years ago, George mentioned an occasion where a woman with dementia was rolled out to an enclosed courtyard to get some air and sunshine.  There are bushes and flowers there.  The…

Get Ready Now

During my summer Sundays in the pulpit, we’ve been in a series called Summer Nights.  We’re exploring some Bible texts that take place at night.  This morning we’re engaging a story Jesus tells as he teaches about his second coming.  I invite you to open your Bible to Matthew 25:1-13.  We’ll read this story in a moment.  But first, another story … “But It’s Not Due for a…

Freedom Is Not Free

Freedom is not free! Freedom always costs something, normally it is life. It was December 16,1773 when the “Son’s of Liberty” boarded ships in the Boston Harbor and commenced throwing chests of “British East India Tea” overboard. This was a statement to the British parliament that we were tired of receiving taxation without representation. This “statement” sparked what is…

Courage In the Night

A rich man bought a huge ranch in Arizona, and he invited a number of his associates to come see it.  After touring some 1500 acres of mountains, rivers, and grasslands, he took everybody back to the house.  The house was as spectacular as the scenery, and out back was the largest swimming pool any of them had ever seen.  But this was no ordinary pool.  The rich man had…

The Right Question

A father decided that his son needed to learn a little bit of American history, so he decided to take him to see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.  As you can imagine, his son was full of questions.  “Dad, where did we get this statue?” “I don’t know, son.” “Dad, when was the statue put in its place?” “I don’t have any idea, child.” “How tall is the statue, Dad?”…

All the Way Home

A Seattle resident trying to kill a spider also very nearly killed his house.  Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department said the man, whom authorities did not identify, used spray paint and a lighter as “a self-made blowtorch” to attack a spider escaping into a wall in his laundry room.  The wall caught fire, and the man apparently tried unsuccessfully to…

Come On Over and Help Us

Today we begin a summer series called Summer Nights.  No, the song from Grease is not going to be our theme.  And no, we’re not going to be talking baseball or lightning bugs or boating or swatting mosquitoes.  We’ve got bigger fish to fry (no summer metaphor intended).  On the Wednesday nights and Sundays in which I preach we’ll be exploring Bible texts that happen at…

God Sings A Heart Song For You

I invite you to open your Bible to Zephaniah 3:17. Music has always kind of been my thing.  I like all kinds of music.  I have lots of favorite singers.  And I like to sing. When I was courting Dayna, I used to bring my guitar and sing her love songs.  John Denver was big in those days and I enjoyed sitting on her front steps playing and singing his songs to her: Follow…