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You Are Witnesses

Luke 24:36b-49 Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.  He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I…

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I Need A Pastor (a charge to Ben Robbins)

Ben Robbins Charge to the Pastor/Installation at Northmont U.P. March 11, 2018 Here’s something you’ve probably never thought about if you’re not a pastor. When Ben and Sarah and Brian and Laura and every pastor here today took our ordination vows, we lost something. When we became pastors, we lost our pastors. Pastors do not…

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A Cold Coming

Matthew 2:1-12 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”   3When King Herod heard…

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Starting Over. Again.

Starting Over. Again. Isaiah 64:1-9 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— 2as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3When you did…

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The Joy of Your Master

Matthew 25:14-30 “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at…

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Dear Evan Hansen

Explaining my obsession. If you follow my Facebook and Twitter accounts, you’ve probably noticed quite a few posts about the Broadway musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” and the recent journey my son and I took to New York to see the original cast perform. I’m usually not so quick to spend the considerable money and time…

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Beatitudes for Those Who Are Feebly Struggling

You can watch the whole All Saints Day service on November 5, 2017 at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon here: https://youtu.be/Ye-mtONHb9A Matthew 5:1-12 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3“Blessed are…

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Loving the Bully

Matthew 22:34-46 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, ” “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with…

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Whose Script?

  Matthew 22:15-22 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard…

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What? Me Worry?

Philippians 4:1-9 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women,…

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