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April 2015

I Am Jesus' Little Lamb

Good Shepherd Sunday, April 26, 2015; Sermon based on John 10:22-30 by Pastor David Scharf   Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia! True or False: Jesus celebrated Christmas.  The answer is false.  Well, I suppose Mary and Joseph probably gave Jesus a little birthday cake, sang “Yom hu’ledet sameach” and offered a toast ending in “L’chaim!”  But I’m sure that it was nothing like Christmas celebrations...

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Trust the God Who Opens Gates

Week 3 of Easter; Based on Acts 12:1-19a When one door closes, another one opens.  Do you believe that?  I suppose there’s some truth to it.  It’s good to be optimistic.  We try to look for opportunities in every situation.  But I think it would be saying too much to insist that every bad situation will somehow lead to another open door and everything will be better in this life.  Sometimes things don’t get better—here on...

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When Christ Takes Away Our "Ifs"

Based on 1 Corinthians 15:12-22 Let’s play “Price is Right.” Here is a 2009 vintage Chateau Marguax. It’s a big bottle – 12 litres. On sale at the Dubai International Airport. Only one of six bottled. Only one of three for sale. Described as  “one of the best with wonderful concentration, finesse, balance and freshness.” Anybody want to guess a bid? $195,000. Oh yeah, that was the beginning of last week’s Easter sermon. So why do...

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Death Has Been Swallowed Up Forever

Based on Isaiah 25:6-9 for Easter Sunday  Let’s play “Price is Right.” Here is a 2009 vintage Chateau Marguax. It’s a big bottle – 12 litres. On sale at the Dubai International Airport. Only one of six bottled. Only one of three for sale. Described as “one of the best with wonderful concentration, finesse,  balance and freshness.” Your bid? Actual retail price: $195,000. Again – it’s a big bottle, so not that bad...

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Christ the Paradox

Based on Matthew 26 - 27 (Selected Verses) for the Good Friday Tenebrae Service FIRST PARADOX: PEACE-MAKER AND SWORD BRINGER based on Matthew 26:49-53 Paradox. A paradox is a statement that seems to contradict itself, but is in fact true. We are so used to paradoxes that we don’t even need to think through the apparent contradiction anymore because we understand the truth of the statement. If I say, “Jumbo Shrimp,” which is a paradox, you know exactly what I...

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The Lord is the Perfect High Priest

Based on Hebrews 7:26-28 for the Good Friday Traditional Service Did you know there was a Good Friday before the first Good Friday? It wasn’t always on a Friday – the day and date changed each year with the moon. It wasn’t in spring but in fall. It was on the 10th day of the month called Tishri – our September or October. It was the Day of Atonement. On that day, the high point of the Old Testament worship year, the High Priest did several things that...

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