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ORDINARY PEOPLE

As the Gospel of Luke begins, he  will tell us the story about how God is about to change the face of history.  Not through the rich and powerful, but through ordinary people.  These are the poor, the oppressed, the … Continue reading

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GETTING OUR HOUSE IN ORDER

As the book of Revelation begins we are given insight as to what Christ is looking for in His church.  We are shown what is right but also what is lacking and what congregations need to do in getting our … Continue reading

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PASSING THE TORCH

2 Timothy 4:1-8  Death is an inevitability.  No one gets out of this alive,.  Some will see it coming and some won’t, but it will happen.  This isn’t something that we like to think about or talk about.  We would rather … Continue reading

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“CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG”

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 I once read an editorial that stated that there are 34,000 different identifiable groups calling themselves Christians.  I don’t know how he came up with that number but I do know that we Christians all have beliefs, … Continue reading

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CHANGED PEOPLE CHANGING PEOPLE

Acts 2:36-47 Warning! This sermon is about change and if change is something you have been avoiding and are happy with the status quo then you will not want to listen to this sermon. At the end of the sermon … Continue reading

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AFTER WORDS

John 20:19-31 In the disciples minds, Jesus was dead and buried and all of their hopes, and plans died with Him.  They were gathered together, full of fear, worrying themselves sick about what they didn’t know and believing that death … Continue reading

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LAST WORDS

As Jesus hangs from the cross He surveys the crowd.  He sees those He loves and those who love Him.  He also sees the carnival like atmosphere with those mocking Him, passersby gawk as they travel in and out of … Continue reading

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“WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?”

Luke 9:18-27 I began this sermon by showing a Youtube video.  Whether you listen to my sermon or not I encourage you to watch this video.  You can access it by going to Youtube and searching for “The Real Jesus … Continue reading

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“THE SECRETS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN”

Matthew 13:3-17 “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near” was the message preached by John the baptist, Jesus and those that Jesus would send out.  So it would seem that knowing what the kingdom of heaven is would be … Continue reading

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“THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX”

John 4:7-26 In Jesus’ day, religion had become so mired in rules and tradition that people had lost focus as what God really wanted for His people.  Everyone had put themselves into a box of their own making or of … Continue reading

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“YOU GIVE THEM BOOKS AND THEY EAT THE PAGES”

Throughout God’s story, He has been doing everything He can to teach His people on how to be in a right relationship with Him as well as with each other. But as we have seen throughout The Story, no matter … Continue reading

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“A TREASURED POSSESSION”

Malachi 3:13-18 Throughout God’s story, He has been seeking to bring His people back into an intimate relationship with Him.  In the book of Malachi, we are shown what it will take to be in a good relationship with God. … Continue reading

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WHO ME?

Esther 4:1-17  One to the unique things about the book of Esther is that God is never mentioned, no one prays, no miracles happen and the book is never mentioned anywhere else in the Bible.  But through Esther’s story we … Continue reading

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“CONSIDER YOUR WAYS”

Haggai 1:1-7 To do God’s will and His work in spite of opposition, fear, struggles and distractions is an act of faith.  And without faith it is impossible to please God.  As the Israelites returned to Jerusalem after 70 years … Continue reading

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“LIVING AS ALIENS”

One of the greatest challenges of being a kingdom person is remembering that you are always part of God’s kingdom even as you are living as aliens in the world.  In chapter 18 of The Story we meet four young … Continue reading

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I WANT TO QUIT, BUT I CAN’T

There is nothing more frustrating than when you are talking to someone and it is obvious they couldn’t care less as to what you have to say.  When God called Jeremiah to be His spokesperson, He made it clear to … Continue reading

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BONUS DAYS

Four weeks ago my day started out like any other day with things to do, places to go, and people to see. Everything going as it always does. It was a beautiful day so I decided to take the motorcycle … Continue reading

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“CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART”

Psalm 51:1-13 In this next chapter of The Story, we find King David, the “man after God’s own heart” making some really bad choices.  His journey down this road away from God is a familiar one that starts with a … Continue reading

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“HERE I AM”

A key factor in having and being in a good and successful relationship is good communication.  In chapter ten of The Story, we are introduced to some new characters, some listen, some don’t and one in particular demonstrates some selective … Continue reading

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A Sliver of Light

The Book of Ruth This sermon from the book of Ruth is to help those who have, at times in their lives felt lost, alone without a ray of hope.   http://media.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/p/content.blubrry.com/danacrohn238/a_sliver_of_hope.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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“THEY FORGOT THE LORD THEIR GOD”

Have you ever felt lost, alone or abandoned and wondered why?  In this sermon from chapter eight of The Story, we see through the lives of the people, in the book of Judges, the source for this feeling and the … Continue reading

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Tumblin’ Down Walls

As I was reading the account of the taking of Jericho in chapter seven of The Story, my first thought was, I wonder what these people were thinking. Let’s face it, quietly marching around a city once a day for … Continue reading

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CROSSROADS

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 In the journey of life, we are always coming to crossroads.  Each time we make a choice, there are consequences.  Some, as we look back, were awesome, bringing us to a place we never knew existed.  Other times, the choice we made … Continue reading

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THE GOOD OLD DAYS

No less than six times, in chapter 6 of The Story, the people longed for the “good old days”. It is always interesting to see how we cling to the familiar and comfortable no matter how damaging and unhealthy it … Continue reading

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When We say, “I Do”

  Two people meet; there is an attraction; that attraction moves them to want to get to know that person better. As they get to know one another, their feelings and desires grow to the point that they can’t imagine … Continue reading

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“HEAR, O ISRAEL”

Deuteronomy 6:1-9  In the Ten Commandments, God is giving the Israelites something more than some random rules to follow.  In essence God is saying to them and subsequently to all who will choose to enter into His story from this … Continue reading

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UNDERESTIMATING GOD

I have come to believe that the biggest problem that keeps us from getting out of the lower story and into God’s upper story has been that we (mankind) underestimate God.  Starting at the very beginning with Adam and Eve … Continue reading

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THE NEXT RIGHT THING

  Have you ever suffered for doing the right thing? Or maybe you just felt that life was unfair. In chapter three of The Story, Joseph was sold into slavery because his brothers hated him for being their father’s favorite … Continue reading

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LET GO AND LET GOD

There are times when life seems out of control; an unexpected death, an unwanted diagnosis, a long term relationship ends and the list can go on and on.  During these times life seems unpredictable or arbitrary, we ask why me? … Continue reading

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WHEN GOD CALLS

Has your phone ever rung and after checking the caller ID you decided not to answer. Maybe you were on another call or were busy doing something else. Or maybe you knew that the person was going to ask you … Continue reading

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WRESTLING WITH GOD

Genesis 32:24-32 From the very beginning of God’s story, man has chosen to put himself in conflict with God.  In this chapter, we meet Jacob, who will become a key character in God’s passionate pursuit of us.  But before Jacob … Continue reading

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THE STORY BEGINS

Over the years people have told me that they have attempted to read through the Bible but didn’t get very far.  They start in Genesis, can follow the story into Exodus, but interest wanes as they start reading through “The … Continue reading

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