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June 21, 2020 – The 3rd Sunday after Pentecost – The Kingdom

Luke 11:2, Matthew 6:9Matthew 6:25-34John 18:33-37Daniel 7:15-27 God’s kingdom is a much debated theological thought. It gets pulledinto all sorts of debates in contemporary times, about end times, and aboutpretty much everything. All too often, we view it as simply a slighter better,slightly different version of the nations of today. I don’t think Jesus would…

June 14, 2020 – The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost – The Holiness

Luke 11:2, Matthew 6:9Revelation 15:1-4, Isaiah 6:3-13 Hallowed is a word that doesn’t really live in our vocabularies today. Itmeans ‘holy’ or even ‘sanctified.’ This is the second thing that Jesusinstructs us to pray about when we pray to God. God is holy. That maysound obvious, “Of course God is holy!” Yet there’s more to…

June 7, 2020 – Trinity Sunday – The Father

Luke 10:21-22, Isaiah 49:14-18 We start this foundational, common, shared, prayer with an addressto God. Out of all of the ways that Jesus could start a prayer, and couldteach us to start a prayer, Jesus starts with an intimate address of God. It isa relational address. It is a familial address. It isn’t distant, or…

May 31, 2020 – Pentecost – What’s Your Gift?

Acts 2:1-4 1 Corinthians 12:1-13 Now, I already made a mistake. You don’t have just one gift, as thetitle implies. You are gifted. I don’t mean in that honors track sense ofacademically gifted. I mean gifted, equipped, and sent by God. Do youknow what God gave you?Not just what your parents said you were good…

May 24, 2020 – The Seventh Sunday of Easter – Resurrection Doubts

1 Corinthians 15:1-26, 51-57 – Jesus’ resurrection and the future resurrection; death as the last enemy. Often we come to doubt the resurrection. I don’t mean that we intellectually doubt it, although that does happen. I mean we emotionally doubt whether the resurrection is real, and whether it it is for us. This canhappen near…

May 17, 2020 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – Love is a Four Letter Word

1 Corinthians 13:1-13      “Faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest of these is love.”            Love. How many sermons on love? How many weddings with this passage? You have to love him/her, they’re your ____. The greatest commandment is to love. Now we have to love, God says so.            What do we really…

May 10, 2020 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter – A Persistent Witness

Acts 18:1-4 – Founding the church at Corinth.1 Corinthians 1:10-18 – Factions in the church and the word of the cross. We’re at another church founding today. Luke gives much less detailthan the last one. Thessalonica seems to go smoother, with conversions,and rougher, with pushback. And while the word argue may put us off tothe entire passage, as it may have last…

LEAF comes to First Presbyterian May 7th, 2020!

LEAF was founded in 2016 by seven Southern Illinois farmers, to support small sustainable farms. Our goals are two fold: to make ordering local food easier for busy customers; and to support small farmers by providing an online marketplace to sell their goods. Our group adheres to naturally grown and organic standards as a peer-to-peer regulated organization. We strive to…

I forgot why we I made this post…

Well, not really, but it made you click the link, so here we are.During these days of stress, shelter in place, and pandemic, you may have noted that we’re not all thinking as well as we have in the past. We’re forgetting what we went to get in the other room, sure, but pastors are…