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Moses: A Story of Trust and Awe

Sermon Text – 08.05.2018

[Exodus 3:1-6 and Exodus 14: …]

A wise man once said there are two season in Michigan – winter and construction – and of course, there’s nothing worse on a long car-ride than a traffic jam. We all know what’s it’s like – you see that train of brakelights going off into the distance and mentally add four hours to your arrival time. And of course, most of the time it’s a car crash or an animal or something like that, and even if nobody is hurt and the lanes aren’t actually blocked – traffic still slows down to a standstill because every single driver insists on plastering their face up against the window to stare and see what happened as they drive by. There is no need for traffic to be so back up except that we cannot tear our eyes away. WE have to slow down and take a look. I imagine that’s sort of what Moses must have felt like when he saw the burning bush. Scripture tells us, [read v.3]. I mean, common! It’s a bush, that’s on fire, covered in flames, and yet it is not burning up! Let’s slow down and take a quick peek. SO that’s what we’re going to do this morning. We’re going to slow down and take a quick peek at this story – see if we can learn something in the process. Today is the first sermon in a new series called “Old Testament Stories of Love” and for the month of August we’re going to wander the pages of the old Testament and see what we can learn about this God that we worship.


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Samson: A Story of Mistakes

Sermon Text – 08.19.2018

[Judges 13:24-25; 14:5-14 and Matthew 5:38-44]

My first two years of college, I lived in the dormitories, and during that time I got into something called a prank war with some friends of mine who were from the other half of the dorm. It all started one day, when I was working at the coffee shop on campus, and my friends delivered to me a massive plate of jello. Big huge thing of green jello, and inside that jello were my shoes. They put my flip flops in jello. So, to get back at them I did something called cupping. Cupping, if you haven’t heard of this, is where you take dozens of plastic cups and you staple them together to spell out a word or make a picture. You place the stapled cups somewhere inconvenient and then you fill all the cups with water. It’s annoying, because it’s so hard to clean up. Because there are so many cups, you can’t pick them all up at once, but if you try to pull them apart, they staples make it tear and water goes everywhere. So I put two giant J’s made of stapled together cups in the middle of their dorm room – filled to the brim with water.


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Esther: A Story of Courage

Sermon Text – 08.12.2018

[Esther and John 15:1-5]

Last week, we started a new sermon series called “Old Testament Stories of Love” and we talked about the story of Moses and how God acted in fantastic and amazing ways to help Israel escape slavery in Egypt. Today we’re going to talk about the story of Esther, which is an amazing story of courage. But in the story of Esther, God acts in a very different way. God’s involvement in the story is extremely subtle. In fact, the book of Esther is often criticized because it never mentions God. At all. In the whole book, the name of God NEVER comes up directly. Scholars talk about how the story of Esther is a different sort of action from God. It’s indirect, it’s implied – there are no burning bushes or parting of the red sea in THIS story. It is a story of remarkable coincidences – or maybe it’s a story to show us that there are no coincidences.


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