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May 19, 2015

“Boldness-Zapping Bug Buildup” — May 17 sermon

Scripture Text: Acts 2:1-21 Next Sunday marks the Christian observance of the Day of Pentecost. The original Pentecost was a high-energy event. There were flames of fire flickering in the upper room and some fierce winds ripping through the area. Whenever you have unexplained surges of energy, you’re going to attract a lot of attention, […]

May 5, 2015

Community Web of Faith

Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. – Galatians 6:10 (NRSV) As you know, SJUMC has been undergoing a change in the last few months. And we want everyone to “be part of […]

March 31, 2015

Christ Risen!

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.” – Matthew 28:5-6 (NRSV) Easter is a glorious celebration! It represents who we are as Christians because of what God did […]

March 7, 2015

Put the ‘P’ Back in Lent

[Jesus] fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. – Matthew 4:2 (NRSV) It’s the Season of Lent. So, let’s consider the importance of putting the “P” back in Lent. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “There is no ‘P’ in Lent!” Well, that very thinking is the problem we need to […]

March 7, 2015

Go from Fear to Faith

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” – Mark 5:36 (NRSV) During one of our “Morning Manna” worship services led by Bishop Palmer at the 2009 Annual Conference, he mentioned a phrase that piqued my interest immediately. He emphasized that offering radical hospitality to […]

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