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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Why Do People Leave the Church?

When you go from being the associate pastor to the lead pastor in a congregation, there’s one huge dynamic that changes. You pay close attention to the numbers on the membership roles. Everybody wants to know is the church growing or isn’t it?  Everybody wants to know why so and so hasn’t been to church
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I Can’t Live without Quiet

Do you remember the last time you experienced a quiet place? I’m coming off of a really busy week as I shared in meetings at the White House, in the halls of Congress and as a Oklahoma delegate at the National Prayer breakfast as part of my work with Feed the Children. To make all
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Prophetic Preaching from the President

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Until Thursday, I’d never heard the President speak before. And so I was delighted that my table in the ballroom was #26, placing me no less than 75 feet from the front of the room. For such proximity made a world of difference than watching the National Prayer Breakfast on CSPAN . . .  Around
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What Does it Take to Say Yes?

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A Sermon preached at The Federated Church, Weatherford, OK Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Mark 1:14-20 For someone in a long-term relationship and desiring to get married—especially for us women—most of dream about that day someone special asks us the big question. “Will you marry me?” I have a friend who knew her day was coming and
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The Pain We Cause

Few of us intentionally set out to hurt those we love. But we do. Angry words come out of our mouths. Jokes that seem funny to us, offend. We forget birthdays. But even worse than this, often our exclamations of joy can rub deeper wounds into a loved one’s pain. I know I’ve been guilty
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