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Ruth 4: Somos Uno

Listen: God within us, divinity connecting us. We are one. Somos Uno.  +++ The Moabites were despised by the Israelites because they were descendants of a sexual union between Lot and his eldest daughter.  In the first chapter of Ruth

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Ruth 3: Seeing As God Sees

Listen: Well, this is one of those parts of the Bible that you’re never sure you want to preach. It is laced with sexual innuendo and maybe explicit sexual behavior.  +++ Just look at this third chapter! Naomi tells Ruth

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Ruth 2: Life is Hard

Listen: Life is hard. Life is strikingly hard when you’re poor. It’s harder still when you’re poor and from an immigrant group that is despised and demonized by those around you.  [pause] And it certainly doesn’t make it any easier

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Ruth 1

Listen: Chapter 1 of Ruth Once upon a time… Elimelech and Naomi lived in Bethlehem  Sons: Mahlon & Chillion famine left Bethlehem for food to live in Moab sons took Moabite wives Orpah Ruth Anyway… Elimelech dies Mahlon & Chillion

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Faith in “Just Such a Time As This” We were tough on media consumption  Never thought about keeping from Bible *** After deposing Vashti, Ahasuerus gets lonely. contestants go thru a demeaning pageant—even by ancient standards Mordecai cousin who raised Esther works in palace sees that Esther

Posted in Esther, Esther 2, Esther 2:5, Esther 2:5, 7-10, 16-17, 20-23, Esther 3, Esther 3:1-6, Lent 2, Old Testament, Seasons of the Church, Sermon

Nope. Not Steak. Mitchell Point  Windy Cold Snow, sleet Crawled Later could handle Risk. This what passes for risk in my life It’s nothing compared to Queen Vashti’s risks *** Queen Vashti married to King Ahasuerus not a good guy some evidence

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Nevertheless, She Persisted

Text Mark 6:31-34 & Mark 7:24-30 I love my dog. under covers kiss his head Dogs were not pets “Dogs, a highly insulting name, dogs were regarded as shameless and unclean” (Jewish Annotated NT) rats? Region of Tyre Gentile area bordering Judea

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How Long, O Lord? A Sermon in a Rural County Following the Election

Isaiah 6 We must hold the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. –Karl Barth Election numbers County 2/3 State 40% National slightly less than 50% Protests across cities Fringe Trump supporters overtly threatening We are a

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Maybe, It’s Not Our Job

David has reached the pinnacle of his career. Jerusalem has been restored to the Israelites. You’ll recall that Jerusalem is sacred ground for the Jewish people. Outside of Shiloh, God has been traveling around in a box: the ark. That

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Awakening Breath

Listen to sermon delivered at Condon United Church of Christ here. Outline of Sermon Sept. 11, 2016 Condon United Church of Christ Rev. Tim Graves Eve and Adam had a choice. We have a choice. Our choices have consequences, sometimes

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