Monthly Archives: October 2011

Set Free for Bondage – John 8:31-36 [Daily Devotional]

John 8:31-36 Following the so-called “Arab Spring” there has been a lot of talk about freedom and oppression. Dictators, who have been able to hold onto the reins of power in their nations by means of oppression and persecution of … Continue reading

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Engage! – Matthew 13:10-17 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 13:10-17 When I hear or read the prophecy from Isaiah that Jesus quotes in our text today, I cannot help but think of our own generation. When you talk about people who look without seeing, hear without listening and … Continue reading

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Sow What? – Matthew 13:1-9 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 13:1-9 When Jesus taught, people loved to listen to his parables. His parables, which are beautifully crafted, are generally based on common, everyday things with which people were familiar: candles, salt, farming, sheep, flowers, birds and people from all … Continue reading

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Sheep Among Wolves – Matthew 10:16-22 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 10:16-22 Our football coach in high school was not a particularly religious man (despite the number of times he used God’s name in the course of a day). He did however have a favorite scripture that he liked to … Continue reading

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Love and the Law – Sermon for Sunday, October 23, 2011

Matthew 22:34-46 On New Year’s Day 1954 in Dallas, Texas the Alabama Crimson Tide faced the Rice Owls in the 18th annual Cotton Bowl. In the second quarter of what was a close game, Rice was leading 7-6. However, Alabama … Continue reading

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Jesus and Beelzebul – Matthew 12:22-32 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 12:22-32 On June 16, 1858 in Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln accepted his party’s nomination to run for the U.S. Senate. He then delivered a very controversial, but famous, speech. Today it is referred to as “Lincoln’s House Divided Speech.” … Continue reading

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Measuring True Success – Matthew 12:15-21 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 12:15-21 How do we measure success in our world? Generally, such measurements in our world have to do with the acquisition of power or wealth, which often go hand in hand. If you are already weary of the presidential … Continue reading

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Making the Grade – Matthew 12:1-14 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 12:1-14 In one congregation I served there was a retired school teacher. (Actually there were several in every congregation, but this one is special.) When she came for worship, she did so with a very critical mindset. If the … Continue reading

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St. Luke the Evangelist – Luke 1:1-4 [Daily Devotional]

Luke 1:1-4 Today is the day set aside on the church calendar to commemorate St. Luke the Evangelist. As with all commemorations, they are placed on the calendar on the date of the death of the saint. This marks their … Continue reading

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Childs Play – Matthew 11:16-24 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 11:16-24 I love to watch children at play – most of the time. I have certainly refereed my share of disputes between children, who had reached a sort of impasse in their playing together. In our text today, Jesus … Continue reading

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