The Wilderness Never Has the Last Word

During Lenten season I have been preaching a special sermon series called  “Temptation”.  We have been reflecting on the temptations that Jesus had in the wilderness.  We experience wilderness time; the time of temptation, loneness, doubt and challenge.  Wilderness times are those times when we feel we are tested to...

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Prayer for 40 Days

Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter.  In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). The number 40 holds particular significance in the Bible. There...

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Jubilee Project

It was just over the summer when I saw a small, stained-glass window in the narthex for the first time. I was coming from Stockton for an interview with the SPRC. The number “1966” inscribed on the stained glass caught my eye. I knew it was the year that this...

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Do You See What I See?

Do You See What I See ~ Luke 2:22-40 The end of December, is the time of year for making lists. Children make a wish list for Christmas.  Adults make a list for their New Year’s resolutions. There is one more list that we can think of – a Bucket List....

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The Greatest Gift Ever

Sometime ago, a story goes that a man punished his 3-year old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to...

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Thanks to God My Redeemer

November brings to us the time of thanksgiving and a reflective time to remember all that God has done for us. During this time of reflection we are to count our blessings and return praise to God for His goodness. Count your blessings! “This year we have been blessed …..”...

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Reconnect

I have a simple and clear goal as I begin my new ministerial journey at Incarnation in 2014-2015.  It is called “RECONNECT”. There are two areas in which I want to execute to achieve this goal. First, Reconnect with God through WORSHIP. I want to help our church reconnect with...

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A Great Invitation

Jesus was a wonderful story teller.  He loved to talk and teach through stories, especially the parable.  Let’s listen to the parable of the wedding banquet.  This version is by Eugene Peterson. Jesus responded by telling still more stories.  “God’s Kingdom,” he said, “is like a king who threw a...

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