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Apr 16, 2017
Last Words/Life Words #7: It Is Finished!
The last words uttered by Jesus as he hung dying upon the cross might seem at first blush to be a strange passage of scripture for Easter Sunday. For those of you who have been following along my Lenten series, you may realize that there were only six weeks in Lent yet seven words or phrases spoken by Jesus on Calvary, so the one “leftover” phrase ended up as the passage for Easter. I love to complete a series!
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  • Apr 16, 2017Last Words/Life Words #7: It Is Finished!
    Apr 16, 2017
    Last Words/Life Words #7: It Is Finished!
    The last words uttered by Jesus as he hung dying upon the cross might seem at first blush to be a strange passage of scripture for Easter Sunday. For those of you who have been following along my Lenten series, you may realize that there were only six weeks in Lent yet seven words or phrases spoken by Jesus on Calvary, so the one “leftover” phrase ended up as the passage for Easter. I love to complete a series!
  • Apr 9, 2017Last Words/Life Words #6: Into Your Hands
    Apr 9, 2017
    Last Words/Life Words #6: Into Your Hands
    To begin this morning, I want you to do something for me; I want you to look at your hands. Please, hold them up, hold them up in front of your eyes, and look closely at them. Turn them over, from back to palm, and observe them closely….
  • Apr 2, 2017Last Words/Life Words #5: Thirst
    Apr 2, 2017
    Last Words/Life Words #5: Thirst
    Water, water everywhere, nor yet a drop to drink. Thus Coleridge's ancient mariner anguished as his ship lay becalmed on a briny sea beneath a burning sun; as terrible as a desert of sand or the brimstone fires of hell was an ocean of salt to a man dying of thirst.
  • Mar 26, 2017Last Words/Life Words #4: Forsaken
    Mar 26, 2017
    Last Words/Life Words #4: Forsaken
    The little girl came home crying bitterly, and between sobs and sniffles, told her parents how she and her friends were having great fun playing a game of hide and seek. When it was her turn to hide, she found such a wonderful hiding place, that her friends had not been able to find her. Tired of searching, they left to go play at another game, and when, much later, the little girl finally came out from her hiding place, she found herself totally alone and abandoned.
  • Mar 19, 2017Last Words/Life Words #3: Your Mother, Your Son
    Mar 19, 2017
    Last Words/Life Words #3: Your Mother, Your Son

    Doubtless the scene had occurred many times before, even as it has been repeated countless times since. Family and friends were gathered, waiting for a death that would rob them of someone precious. Yet, in the waiting, they found themselves drawn closely together, their lives becoming far more entwined and strengthened at that place of grieving than they would ever have thought possible. Yet the greatest grace came not from one another, but from the one who was dying.

  • Mar 12, 2017Last Words/Life Words #2: With Me, In Paradise
    Mar 12, 2017
    Last Words/Life Words #2: With Me, In Paradise

    During this season of Lent, we are looking at the last words spoken by Jesus during the time of the crucifixion. While often referred to as the seven last words from the cross, I suggested last week as we began this series that they are more than gasped cries or accidental utterances. They are incredibly potent benedictions from the savior, meant as words of unbounded blessing and grace, and they were spoken with both immediate and eternal intent. That is, those words of mercy, comfort, promise, command, identification, surrender and triumph were intimately and powerfully addressed to those gathered there at Calvary around his cross; but in the holy mystery of God’s saving work and through the ongoing grace of the Holy Spirit, Jesus words then still ring with intimate, personal power and purpose for his followers today. The last words of Christ have always been life words for the Church in its mission, witness and ministry.

  • Mar 5, 2017Last Words/Life Words #1: Forgive Them, Father
    Mar 5, 2017
    Last Words/Life Words #1: Forgive Them, Father
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    During the Lent and Easter, I want to focus these sermons on the gospel passages known as the seven last words of Christ. They are the seven phrases spoken by Jesus as he hung dying on Calvary’s cross, as recorded in Mark, Luke and John’s gospels.
  • Feb 19, 2017Finding Our Voice #5: Come, Spirit, Empower and Send!
    Feb 19, 2017
    Finding Our Voice #5: Come, Spirit, Empower and Send!
    In her book, Unbinding the Gospel, author Martha Grace Reese suggests that bottom line motivations for sharing one’s faith flow from these simple questions: how important is your faith to you? How important is Christ Jesus to you? How much do you care that others come to a saving faith in Christ? Or to put it a different way, the more significant, the more life-giving, the more soul-shaping, the more “you-shaping” your faith in and love for Christ, the more you will want to talk about it and share him. But to talk about our faith, we must.
  • Jan 22, 2017Finding Our Voice #3: First, We Pray
    Jan 22, 2017
    Finding Our Voice #3: First, We Pray
    I find it most interesting that in his counsel to his friend Timothy, Paul reminded, indeed, almost commanded his young colleague, to do the work of an evangelist. Elsewhere in his writings, Paul often refers to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and identifies evangelism as one of those charismatic outpourings with which certain disciples were empowered. Yet nowhere in his correspondence with Timothy is there any suggestion that Paul recognized such a special anointing by the Spirit as having been given to Timothy. All he wrote was that Timothy was to do the work of an evangelist.
  • Jan 15, 2017Finding Our Voice #2: Not Ashamed
    Jan 15, 2017
    Finding Our Voice #2: Not Ashamed
    Early in his letter to the church at Rome, Paul declared that he was not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (1:16). Similarly, he counseled his friend Timothy not to be ashamed to testify about the Lord Jesus who had saved them and called them to a holy life out of his own great purpose and grace. “I am not ashamed,” Paul wrote, “because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”