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The Choice to Love

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Filed under: Pastor Jeff's Sermons — Pastor Jeff at 2:22 pm on Monday, May 7, 2018 A sermon preached on May 6th, 2018 based upon John 15:9 – 17.   Among the twelve original apostles, John alone is believed to have lived into old age, most likely in the city of Ephesus in Asia Minor. In his later years not only his body but also his mind became somewhat enfeebled. The aging evangelist John was eventually pared down to just...

Mother’s Day Cards

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Filed under: Pastor Jeff's Sermons — Pastor Jeff at 5:42 pm on Monday, May 14, 2018 A sermon preached on May 13, 2018 – “Mother’s Day” – based upon Isaiah 49:14-16; Luke 13:31-34 entitled “Mother’s Day Cards.” [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] I was curious about the origins of Mother’s Day, so I did a little research. I found out that the person responsible for getting Mother’s Day established as a national day was a woman named Anna Jarvis, who was inspired by...

Birthing Pains

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Filed under: Pastor Jeff's Sermons — Pastor Jeff at 12:26 am on Monday, May 21, 2018 A sermon preached on May 20th, 2018 based upon Acts 2:1-21 and Romans 8:22 – 27. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The story of the day of Pentecost is a wonderfully dramatic and powerful story. It gives us insight to what the Holy Spirit is doing in the world: It’s overcoming the walls that divide humanity, bringing reconciliation between people who once seemed strange to one another....

A Memorial Day Sermon by Bob Keller

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Filed under: Writings of the people — Pastor Jeff at 7:32 am on Thursday, May 24, 2018 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A sermon preached by Bob Keller on May 25, 2008 based upon 1Corinthians 4:1 – 5. Earlier, David read to us from Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth. Why was the letter needed? First, a little background about this fair city. It was a large and very prosperous city established by the Greeks, and by the time Paul established...

The Eulogy for Lois Jorgensen Kelshaw

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Filed under: Eulogies — Pastor Jeff at 7:55 am on Thursday, May 24, 2018 Lois Jorgensen Kelshaw was born on May 26, 1926 in Morristown, NJ to Arthur and Mildred Jorgensen. Her younger brother Charlie was born six years after Lois in 1932. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Their Dad Arthur, the son of Danish emigrants, was a hardworking plumber, but times were hard and the family didn’t have much money. In a time in this country in which the races were usually...

The False Self and the True Self

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Filed under: Pastor Jeff's Sermons — Pastor Jeff at 8:09 pm on Monday, March 5, 2018 A sermon preached on March 4th, 2018 based upon Galatians 2:19b-20 and Mark 8:34-37. “If any want to become my followers,” said Jesus, “let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.” Last week I talked about these words of Jesus in relationship to his call to forsake violence and the way of retribution and to be willing to love so deeply...

Overcoming the Fear of Death

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Filed under: Pastor Jeff's Sermons — Pastor Jeff at 11:32 pm on Monday, March 19, 2018 A sermon preached on March 19, 2018 based upon John 12:20-33. Our Gospel lesson requires an introduction; otherwise you may find yourself totally lost at sea as you hear it. Part of the reason for this is that this year the lectionary mostly follows Mark’s Gospel, but it makes these occasional detours into the Gospel of John. The last of the four Gospels to...

Learning to think like Jesus

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Filed under: Pastor Jeff's Sermons — Pastor Jeff at 10:28 pm on Sunday, March 25, 2018 A sermon preached on March 25th, 2018 based upon Philippians 2:5-11. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he...

A Heart Healing at the Resurrection Breakfast

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Filed under: Pastor Jeff's Sermons — Pastor Jeff at 3:39 pm on Monday, April 2, 2018 A sermon preached on April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday – that is based on the story of Jesus’ appearances in John 21. During the Children’s Sermon I took some time to tell the story of Jesus appearing to Magdalene in John 20:1-18. So the Gospel writer John tells us that Mary Magdalene told the male disciples that she had seen Jesus alive again....

Holy Wounds

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Filed under: Pastor Jeff's Sermons — Pastor Jeff at 10:07 pm on Sunday, April 8, 2018 A sermon preached on April 8th, 2018 based upon John 20:19-31. When we try to imagine what the risen Christ looked like, I suspect that we imagine something like this: which is to say a Jesus who has left all pain behind; his body perfectly whole, perhaps like Peter Paul Rubens liked to imagine him, with body beautiful – the world’s image of physical...