He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
‹Benjamin Franklin›
Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
31Dec
2003
Wed
23:51
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Eve of the Name of Jesus

Matthew 1:18-21, Romans 8:31-39

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

"Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away; they fly forgotten as a dream dies at the opening day."

It is an inevitable fact...the new year is about change.

24Dec
2003
Wed
20:38
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Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord

Luke 2:1-20

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

Thus, the Savior of the World was born. Meek, humble, mild...all of these words, perhaps many others, serve to describe the scene. A young, as yet unwed, mother gives birth to a tiny child who is God among animals of all sorts, her betrothed carpenter there with her. Of all people, the dirtiest come to visit Him: those who spend their days toiling in the wilderness, shepherds. And he is laid in a trough to sleep.

13Dec
2003
Sat
20:20
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A Funeral Sermon

John 14:1-7, Isaiah 54:10

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

"For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee."

Isn't it fitting, during this season of Advent, that we should recall John's confirmation verse? After all, just this past Sunday we heard John the Baptizer proclaim that the valleys will be filled in and the mountains and hills will be made low. This, John proclaimed, will happen in preparation to meet a coming king; the valleys will rise to meet Him, the mountains will bow down to greet Him.

3Oct
2003
Fri
20:10
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A Funeral Sermon

Lord's Prayer

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

"For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen."

I didn't get to know Jane all too well. We have only been residents here for just over two months. In that short time, however, I have discovered this one thing about Jane: she loves the Lord her God with all her heart, with all her soul, and with all her mind, just as her God first loved her so much to send His Son to die on the cross for her.

31Aug
2003
Sun
19:58
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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

John 6:41-51

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear fellow redeemed by Christ, "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him." These are the very words of our Lord. They are poignant words. But have you ever really stopped to think about them at all, even in the slightest?

There are people out there who would call themselves Christians (and some perhaps rightly so) who would like you to believe—and even tell you right out—that they are Christian because of something they have done. They claim Jesus Christ as their Lord (or better yet, their "personal Savior") because they have made Him that way. Yet, here He is, the One they claim that they have made Lord, saying something which goes against their creed. It even attacks it at the very core. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him."

3Aug
2003
Sun
19:50
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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Mark 6:7-13

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

"Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave as a testimony against them."

Dear fellow redeemed by Christ, with those words Jesus set about sending the apostles out for ministry. He sent His twelve out to teach the masses about Him, to bring them the Good News that the Christ, the promised Messiah, had come and was among them. He sent them out to teach the people a doctrine of grace; that God is saving them, not from Roman tyranny or pharisaic oppression, but from the attacks of the devil and their sinful flesh. So He sent these men with authority; authority to exorcise evil spirits and heal diseases in His name. He sent out these twelve men, themselves sinners.

27Apr
2003
Sun
19:32
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Quasi modo geniti

John 20:19-31

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Christ is risen! [He is risen indeed, Alleluia!]

Ah, yes, the passage about "doubting Thomas." How we love to pick on this poor man because of what he said, "Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe," and also for what Jesus said to him, "Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into my side; and do not unbelieving, but believing." However, this lesson is not merely about "doubting Thomas," but of all who are numbered among the believers (which includes Thomas).