In the morning, one of my first waking thoughts is “COFFEE!”

It would be great to have a little robot — like Rosie from the 60s cartoon “The Jetsons.” She would have a perfect cup of coffee sitting by …

 

The Common English Bible titles each of the Psalms of Ascent as “A Pilgrimage Song,” a song of the journey of life. Every life is a journey, and every journey has its high points and its low points. It …

 

Have you ever done one of those trust tests? You know, when you turn your back to a small group of people and you fall back, trusting they will catch you when you fall.

How confident you feel about …

 

Today we begin our time in the Psalms of Ascent, also called the Gradual Psalms, Songs of Steps or the Pilgrim Psalms. Generations have known these to be the psalms that speak to the journey. Some believe these were …

 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were …

 

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and …

 

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to …

 

While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

But …

 

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, …

 

I sometimes mention my wife, Lisa, in a sermon. She’s been a good sport about this dynamic in my preaching. She allows me to embellish and exaggerate, which is great fun. I want you to know that she is …

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