Treasuring Silence

But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 I’ve adored this verse of scripture for as long as I can remember. I can just see Mary quiet with newborn Jesus on her lap. And adjusting to her new life. Not only to the nightly feedings, the cries of her
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We Are All Angry

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Portion of a Sermon preached at The Federated Church on Genesis 4:1-7 What happens to you when life doesn’t go as you expect? What do you do next? Do you pout and cry? Do you stuff your feelings and comfort yourself through a nightly glass of wine, a cigarette or two and your favorite fast
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What Are You Wearing?

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A sermon preached at The Federated Church, Weatherford, OK: Genesis 3:11-21 Do you remember the last time someone put clothes on you that you didn’t buy yourself? When we are little, it’s our parents who do all the shopping for us, don’t they? Our closets are full or not because someone provided the clothes to
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We are Hiders

A sermon preached at The Federated Church, Weatherford, OK: Genesis 3:1-9 Besides the common saying that “there are two things that you can be certain of in life death and taxes” I would add two more things. You can be certain that human beings like you and me will do stupid things from time to
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We are Caretakers

Here in Oklahoma City/ Weatherford, OK we’re dealing with the effects of freezing rain and snow. What a winter we’ve had! Tonight The Federated Church leadership and I decided that it was best to keep everyone safe and warm tomorrow by not having services in our building. But this doesn’t mean that there might not
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You are Beloved

Lessons from the First Family: You are Beloved A sermon preached on Genesis 1:26-27 at the Federated Church, Weatherford, OK I’ve had one of those weeks when my message to you could be summed up in one sentence. Let me explain there’s a story . . . In my tradition, ordination is a function of
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I Need the Church and the Church Needs Me

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“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” -Mary Oliver  After I left my position as pastor in December of 2012 to follow Kevin to Oklahoma and his work with Feed the Children, I thought I might never hold an official position at a church again. Much like I’d given up
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Want to Follow Jesus? Count the Cost

A sermon from: Mark 1:40-45 There are a lot of popular beliefs about what it means to follow Jesus. Some would say that following Jesus means joining a religion. Some would say that following Jesus is accepting his baptism or remembering his death through communion. Some would say that following Jesus is about trying to
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