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Letters to a Young Church

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I am loving our summer study of the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. If you have missed either of the first two weeks of the series, you can get caught up here. Part of what I find so compelling about these letters is that the Apostle Paul is writing...
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Summer Mode

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This week marks the summer solstice and the official beginning of summer. At First Pres Glen Ellyn the markers of our entrance into summer are all over the place.  Literally, all over the place. 270-some kiddos are running around campus this week having a blast, learning about God’s amazing love...
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Ready. Set. Pray!

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I’ve been thinking a lot this week of how often I have found myself in the Jonah story as we’ve worked our way through the book on Sunday mornings this spring. Runner from God at times? Check. Desperate prayer in desperate circumstances? Check. More concerned with my own comfort than...
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Preaching Justice

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Jonah is one of the least read books in the Bible. (At least according to handy analysis of what people access electronically.) I was quite surprised to see this. Surprised because it is short and easy to read; surprised because it is an engaging story; surprised because there are an...
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Lessons in the Storm

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On Sunday morning at First Pres we continued in our spring sermon series entitled Commissioned: The Reluctant Missionary. Jonah was a man of faith who wrestled mightily with obeying God. Jonah was also a man with an important lesson to learn. In chapters 1 and 2 of the book of...
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The Virtuous Pagans

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On Sunday morning at First Pres we continued in our spring sermon series entitled Commissioned: The Reluctant Missionary. As we watched the prophet Jonah in action it was easy to relate.  Jonah had a problem with the mission God gave to him. He had a motivational problem in that he...
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That. Just. Happened.

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It is not often that a pastor connects the resurrection of the Lord Jesus to the movie Talladega Nights, but buckle up, ‘cause it’s about to happen.  The colloquial expression, “That. Just. Happened.” entered into modern diction about a decade ago after being popularized by Will Ferrell’s character in a...
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