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On June 15, 2017, I was blessed to address the Penns Grove class of 2017 during the annual Baccalaureate service. The scripture verse I used for the message was Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Below the cut is the full text of the message. I would offer that this message is for all graduates of class 2017, wherever you are.

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(Kind of) a new direction for the podcast

Hi all, and thanks for taking time to read this (-:

You may have noticed a lack of new podcast episodes recently. In fact, it has been since before Lent (!) that I released my last podcast episode. During this time I have had a few issues that have changed the way I am presenting these episodes.

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We begin our fifth year of the podcast with a new Summer 2017 series called "Riches in Romans." Over the course of the Summer months we will be taking an in-depth look at Paul's letter to the church in Rome and peel back the many layers to disclose Paul's manifesto on the grace of God. We begin today by looking at Sin and Grace, defining those words and what they mean for both the follower of Christ and the unbeliever.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on June 25, 2017

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Shine! (Matthew 17:1-9)

We come to Transfiguration Sunday and the end of our Great Invitation series. All along the way we have been challenged to obey the command of Christ to go make disciples of all nations... but have we? And if not, is there any reason that we ought to obey the word of Christ? We find out in today's episode.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on February 26, 2017

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This, Not That - Part 2 (Matthew 5:21-37)

In part 2 of "This, Not That," we continue our look at the Sermon on the Mount and how Jesus calls his disciples to a deeper understanding of the law, rather than what was said in the oral tradition.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC and Hudson UMC on February 12, 2017

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This, Not That - Part 1 (Matthew 5:21-37)

Jesus begins to pick apart the contemporary interpretation of God's law by saying "You've heard that it was said... But I say to you..." both affirming the validity of the written word and his own authority as the Son of God.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC and Hudson UMC on February 12, 2017

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What does it mean to be the "salt of the earth?" Or what does it mean to be the "light of the world?" Jesus says WE are salt and light. We'll take a deeper look at just what that means in the life of a believer today.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on February 5, 2017

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#Blessed (Matthew 5:1-12)

Jesus begins his Sermon on the Mount with a benediction, telling his disciples that they are blessed at times when the world may consider them cursed. God's ways are not our ways.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on January 29, 2017

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Follow Me (Matthew 4:12-23)

Why did Jesus call fishermen to become his first disciples, calling them into ministry from their previous vocation? As it turns out, God often calls the workers in His kingdom from ordinary people, not just from the priesthood.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on January 22, 2017

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A Prayer for Trump

Special Edition: Just the name "Donald Trump" causes vastly different reactions in people, especially among Americans who either voted for or against him last November. This past Sunday we prayed earnestly for our new President, and call upon others to pray for him as well.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on January 22, 2017

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