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Easter Sunday

John 20:1-18 One of the most entertaining and inspiring stories I ever read can be found in the book One Hundred Years of Solitude, by the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez. For this book, García Márquez was awarded the 1982...

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Easter Sunrise

Mark 16:1-8   Mark, in his gospel tells us that Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome come to the tomb of Jesus covered in black, prepared to see a corpse. Instead, they find the stone rolled back...

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A Palm Sunday Story

The Easter story and the Easter news, if you remember, begin very early one morning when a messenger tells the women by the empty tomb not to cry because Jesus isn’t there — he is already on his way to...

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Struck Down But Not Defeated

Acts 16:5-15;   John 16:16-22 Our Lenten journey with Jesus continues – in two more weeks, on Palm Sunday, we’ll arrive to Jerusalem. Our Easter Cantata that Sunday will remind us of the welcoming, cheerful multitude along the main road. Now,...

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Party Crashers

1 Corinthians 12:12-13;  Luke 7:36-50   One day while Jesus was going from place-to-place healing, teaching, and befriending people from all ways of life, a man named Simon the Pharisee hosted a very special dinner in his own courtyard. His...

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More Religious, or More Humane?

Jeremiah 8:18-22;   Luke 6:1-11   Like most nations on earth, Israel at times experienced very harsh days and suffering, and when that happened, the Biblical prophets blamed idolatry and unfaithfulness. We don’t talk much about idolatry and unfaithfulness, let alone...

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Testing, Testing, Testing Jesus!

Philippians 2:5-8;  Matthew 4:1-11   The famous French philosopher René Descartes once said, “I think; therefore, I exist.” I’d rather say, “I’m tempted; therefore, I exist.” I am tempted, you are tempted, he or she is tempted, we all are...

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