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“Second Chances”

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Pastor Russell Edwards December 10th 2017 Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11      Mark 1:4-8 Many of you may be familiar with a TV sit-com from about a dozen years ago called “Everybody Loves Raymond”?  From a theological perspective, Isaiah was that guy… “Everybody … Continue reading

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“Perfect Time to Stay Alert”

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Pastor Russell Edwards December 3rd 2017 Mark 13:24-27, 32-37  (Because I am forever reminding you) most of our congregation is aware I am an avid reader.  On Saturday morning I will be leading the conversation at one of the two … Continue reading

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“Difficult Silence”

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Pastor Russell Edwards November 26th  2017 Matthew 25:31-46 If President Abraham Lincoln had begun his Gettysburg Address with the words: “Standing beneath this serene sky, overlooking these broad fields now reposing from the labors of the waning year, the mighty … Continue reading

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“Why Is It So Difficult”

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Pastor Russell Edwards November 19th  2017 Deuteronomy 8:7-11,18a        Luke 17:11-19    I imagine many of us are relatively familiar with the story about Jesus’ encounter with ten men with leprosy; Jesus was traveling through a town along the northern … Continue reading

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“Shape Your Tomorrows”

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Pastor Russell Edwards November 12th  2017 Joshua 24:14-23    Amos 5:21-24    The author of Hebrews tells us that all scripture is “living and active”, a premise that we might view, in our secularism, as somewhat dated; but if he … Continue reading

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“Power to the People”

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Pastor Russell Edwards November 5th  2017 Isaiah 40:29-31   Luke 10:17-19   Acts 1:8 I usually consider myself, in the overall picture, to have fairly upbeat and positive sort of personality, but lately I’ve had a “funk” hanging over me; it’s not … Continue reading

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“Simple Yet Explicit”

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Pastor Russell Edwards October 29th  2017 Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18         Matthew 22:34-40 We had a handy man come in and do some minor repairs in the sanctuary this week – literally, that’s the name of his business – the Handyman.  … Continue reading

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“Could This Be”

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Pastor Russell Edwards October 22nd 2017 2 Chronicles 30:18-20,27      Romans 14:1-6,10-12 I had an experience last week that I’m sure you have had yourself, at one time or another, when someone approached me with that ‘totally lost’ look on their … Continue reading

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“Made in Heaven”

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Pastor Russell Edwards October 15th 2017 Philippians 4:1-8,9b     Matthew 5:21-25a   The reporter for a local paper had come to interview a senior couple, both in their late 90’s, who were celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary.  After she took a … Continue reading

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“Reality Check: Got Clothes?”

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Pastor Russell Edwards October 8th 2017 Psalm 25:1-2a,4-9    Philippians 2:2b-8,12-13   I’m so far removed from the days of sending my kids to school that I often wonder what our children are being taught these days; do schools still teach … Continue reading

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