NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR MOTHER’S DAY, MAY 13, 2018

This Sunday is Mother’s Day; so, Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and those serving in maternal roles. This will also be Ascension Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ Ascension into heaven 10 days prior to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. It’s interesting to note that the...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018

Have you ever been listening to what you thought was a familiar story, about ready to “tune out,” but then were glad you didn’t because it had a surprise ending? The Scriptures this week have a surprise in them like that. It seems outlandish, far-fetched, maybe even crazy ~ one...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R. FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

Some biblical themes are so repetitious that when I see them, I think of the old saying by Yogi Berra, “It’ like déjà vu all over again.” That describes the assigned lessons this week from I John 4:7-21 and John 15:1-8. I John 4 is an often repeated biblical theme...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018

This week, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday. The assigned texts always include a portion of John 10 in which Jesus declares “I am the Good Shepherd.” This year, Psalm 23, one of the most beloved of all passages in the Bible, is also included....

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018

This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Easter; but is better known as Low Sunday; as Christian churches collectively tend to record their lowest attendance of the year. However, we find a very important message in the assigned text from John 20. In it, Jesus says to His disciples, “Peace...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018

This Sunday is Easter! We will be celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! Now, you might think Easter must be the easiest sermon preparation assignment for preachers, especially those in long term pastorates. Wrong! After all, how many new ways can you tell the death and resurrection story of Jesus....

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018

The original March on Washington is known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. As a 9-year old, I didn’t realize the full implication of this March to advocate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans. I must admit I don’t even remember the “I have...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT, MARCH 4, 2018

The assigned scriptures for this Sunday are familiar passages, though most of us probably don’t remember their location in the Bible; “The 10 Commandments” from Exodus 20; and Jesus chasing folks out of temple in John 2. “The Big 10” have been used for many centuries as the framework for...

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