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On Deliverance

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With David Tokar, guest preacher

Receiving the Word of God: Isaiah 43:1-2, 5a – NRSV

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Facing Fear With…Love

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Receiving the Word of God: Isaiah 43: 1-2, 5a NRSV

St. Paul wrote to the early church,  “I was given a thorn in my body because of the outstanding revelations I’ve received. It’s a messenger from Satan sent to torment me so that I wouldn’t be conceited. I pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me alone.” There’s been speculation for millennia about what this pain or disability was (read more)

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The Breath of God

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Scripture: John 20:19-31 The Message Translation

Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but fearful, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side. The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.” Then he took a deep breath and …(Read more)

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Good Surprises, Weird Surprises

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Once there was a small boy who asked his mother, “Where did I  come from?” His mother wasn’t ready to have “the talk” with her young child… she had pictured this day when he was a teenager and she and her partner could tell him about how their love had created him… but he had earnestly asked, and so she said, “Well, when two people love each other… (Read more)

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Finding Our Breath: Listening to Our Bodies

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Seeking the Word Romans 8:26-28, 38-39

When we lived in the country we were often invited to share a meal with one of the ranching families. The Hanna ranch was one of my favorite places in the valley, where we held Pentecost services under their open-sided barn, sitting on hay bales, and where two…(read more)

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Finding Your Cave: Listening Spaces

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Seeking the Word: 1 Kings 19:11-12 (read more)

This is the first Sunday of Lent, which is a 40-day journey, through the desert, if we’re willing to go there. This scripture is of the prophet Elijah in the desert near Mt. Horeb, where Moses received the…(read more)