Sermon, August 12th, 2018   “Once barren emptiness…now abundant harvest”       Ruth 4 vs. 1-22  

We come to the end of our “romance novel” in our summer with Ruth and Boaz consummating their relationship and a little bundle of joy named Obed being the result.  What joy it is too as it has preserved Naomi’s land and future, brought Ruth fully into the family of her much-loved Hebrew mother-in-law, and […]

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Sermon, August 5th, 2018 “” Ruth 3 vs. 1-18

So, is this just the story of erotic love between an older man and a younger woman?  We do not know the full answer to that question. Yet however the language of the text was to mean then and to be understood today, I for one find it quite wonderful that there are parts of […]

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Sermon, July 29th, 2018   “Hope is born”    Ruth 2 vs. 1-23

Two years ago our daughter said to us:  “Mom and Dad, you really should watch some of the series on the Netflix channel.  They are really very good.”  So we tried one and soon found ourselves part of the Netflix phenomena known as binge-watching where you watch one episode in which the ending has left […]

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Sermon, July 22nd, 2018 “House of Bread” Ruth 1 vs. 1-22

If you ever wanted to find a good opening line for a story then you should look no further than in the first few words of the book of Ruth: “In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land…”.  Things, such as famine, always suggested to the Hebrew people that […]

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Sermon, July 15th, 2018 I John 4 vs. 7-21 “Defining God”

On one side of the world this week we witnessed the rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach from the dark, cold, dangerous confines of a cave deep inside a Thai mountain. They should not have been in there in the first place but the world, especially the boys’ parents, chose to ignore […]

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Sermon July 8th, 2018 “The presence of God’s Spirit” I John 4 vs. 1-6

It is not surprising that as early as 100 years after Jesus resurrection that some of his early followers would find themselves divided over just who and what Jesus was. There was something about him that caused them to become his followers but over time fewer and fewer people had actually had a personal experience […]

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