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Reading the Bible with Jesus

How did Jesus read his Bible? It’s actually an odd question, since Jesus didn’t have a “Bible” like we do today. In Jesus’ day there was no such thing as a bound collection of written Scriptures in book form, let … Continue reading

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Birth Stories

A sermon by Lora Braun on December 30, 2018, the First Sunday after Christmas, called “Birth Stories.” It is a reflection, in part, on the story of Samuel’s birth in 1 Samuel 1-2, and on the story of Jesus’ birth … Continue reading

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Rejoicing in Justice

A sermon by Pastor Michael Pahl on December 16, 2018, the Third Sunday of Advent, called “Rejoicing in Justice.” It is a reflection on Luke 3:1-18. Here is a written excerpt from the conclusion: “Prepare the way of the Lord! … Continue reading

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On Giving to Your Local Church

This is cross-posted from Pastor Michael’s blog. The Christmas season is often called “the season of giving.” Those of us who follow this tradition, whether Christian or not, give and receive gifts this time of year. For some Christians, this … Continue reading

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Pointing to Peace

A sermon by Pastor Michael Pahl on December 9, 2018, the Second Sunday of Advent, called “Pointing to Peace.” It is a reflection on Luke 1:57-79. Here is a written excerpt: There’s a lot of singing in the first two … Continue reading

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To God All Are Alive

A meditation by Pastor Michael Pahl on November 25, 2018, Eternity Sunday, called “To God All Are Alive,” Jesus’ words in Luke 20:38. Eternity Sunday (also called Totensonntag) comes out of the German church tradition and is celebrated on the … Continue reading

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Confident Faith, Courageous Love

A sermon by Pastor Michael Pahl on November 18, 2018, called “Confident Faith, Courageous Love,” reflecting on Hebrews 10:19-25. Here is a written excerpt from the introduction: Fifteen years. It had been fifteen years since the first round of persecutions. … Continue reading

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