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Participating in Handel’s Messiah

A great backstory to Handel’s Messiah is that the first performance in Dublin was organized as a fundraiser to release debtors from prison. The concert raised 400 Pounds and 142 prisoners were set free as a result. In this way … Continue reading

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Wonderful Counselor

Pastor Tom’s Note Wonderful Counselor Isaiah 9:2-7 Listen to the Sermon Here Have you ever been caught up in a situation where poor decisions were made by those in leadership? I think most of us would have to answer in … Continue reading

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Ancient Promise Fulfilled: The King has Returned

Pastor Tom’s Note Ancient Promise Fulfilled: The King has Returned Listen to the sermon here In the movie The Lion King, Simba is banished from Pride land for something he didn’t do (much like Joseph in the Bible). In The … Continue reading

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Treasures in heaven

Pastor Tom’s Note Treasures in Heaven Listen to the sermon here You know the phrase, ‘miss by an inch, miss by a mile.’ This is in essence what happens to the rich man in Mark 10:17-22. He did everything right … Continue reading

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Comfort for those who mourn

Pastor Tom’s Note: Comfort for those who Mourn Listen to the sermon here Who can forget Elton John’s rendition of “Candle in the Wind” at Princess Diana’s funeral? The world has seen many times of mournings before and after this … Continue reading

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Honor Everyone?

Pastor Tom’s Note Honor Everyone? 1 Peter 2:11-17; Ephesians 2:8-10 Listen to the sermon here Peter’s words, “Honor everyone, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the emperor [literally ‘king’]” (1 Peter 2:17), seem impossible to follow. What do you mean, … Continue reading

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Happy Reformation Day!

Today marks the 500th (!) anniversary of the “official” start of the Reformation. In the spread of the Gospel around the world, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk from Saxony, finds his place among the greats. We know him for the … Continue reading

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Mercy for you and me

October 24th, 2017 Pastor Tom’s Note: Mercy for You and Me Listen to the sermon here In 1 Peter 2:9-10, Peter lines up great markers of identity: “chosen lineage( -ESV “race)”, “royal priesthood,” “holy nation,” “people of his own possession.” … Continue reading

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The Power of The Written Word

Listen to the sermon here At the end of his life, Martin Luther, who sparked the Reformation exactly 500 years ago this October, summed up his legacy this way: “I did nothing: The Word did it all.” For Luther, the … Continue reading

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Pastor Tom’s Note: Heal us, O Lord!

  Pastor Tom’s Note “Heal Us, Lord” Listen to the sermon here In reflecting on the Las Vegas tragedy, Jeremiah 17:9 provides a sobering but apt imagery  of the problem: the human heart is deceitful (like treacherous terrain) and incurable. … Continue reading

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