Does it Matter?

Galatians 5:13-26 Following my message last week — we no longer follow the law to become righteous, we have been made righteous, so now we follow Christ — a youth asked their grandparent, middle school tongue in cheek, “so it no longer matters what we do?” This question seems crazy — especially if you are […]

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Law and Scripture

Galatians 3 Check out verse 22: “But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin…” Wait! What? Scripture locked us up?! Throughout this passage, Paul is talking about the Law. The Law reveals sin, but it can not heal our sinfulness. In verse 22 Paul interchanges the word Law with Scripture. Because the […]

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  I want to be strong like Phoebe. — Mr E Not dad, but Phoebe? You can set your muscle goals a little higher… at least high enough to help your dad’s self-esteem! Who we model after matters. If our sights are set on your neighbor’s whatever (house, job, looks)… we may get there, but […]

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Campaigns, Aliens, and Grace

It is still early, but this is the moment. We now know who will be the next President. Bernie Sanders announced, if elected, he will reveal everything the government knows about aliens. Turning Area51 into a national park for family tours — no need to storm it — earns my vote and will win the election! […]

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Essential Toppings?

Galatians 1:6-10 Our family at a Royals game is a constant passing of snacks, bathroom breaks, trips in search of Slugger, with a dash of baseball. The only moment we all focus is the Hot Dog Race. As a good and strong father, I have taught my kids to root for mustard. Which means they […]

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Whittled Away

I have not watched any of the primary debates, but I always catch the highlights. So this morning I heard a Democrat crowd booing interruptions of Democrat candidates. The Republican debates were the same four years ago. This is partly due to a format designed not to debate ideas, but to attack persons (is this […]

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Warning Silence

Mark 12:13-17 and Mark 14:1-11 Silence is golden. Unless you have small children! Then it is a crisis warning alarm… but it is still silent and easy to miss. Until the silence is broken by louder alarms. In this case Phoebe’s screams. Phoebe was preparing to change her aquarium water. She first fills a bucket with cold […]

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