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Luke 2:8-20 (NRSV)       8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then the angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be […]

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A Sermon on Luke 1:5-20 (NRSV)       5 In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all […]

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It is likely that King David wrote Psalm 4 when he was undergoing a great deal of criticism. There may have been a downturn in the economy because of a drought, which, of course, would have impacted farmers and growers. We may infer this from the reference in verse 7 to “grain and wine” in […]

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CHRISTMAS INTERRUPTIONS Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV)       18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to […]

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What would a ministry of discipleship look like in the life of a congregation? I am sure that such a pursuit might take a number of different shapes, but I would like to propose one to see what you might think and how you might refine it. When I talk about a ministry of discipleship, […]

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The One

December 16, 2013No Comments

THE ONE A Sermon Presented by Isaac Butterworth at First Presbyterian Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, during Sunday morning worship on December 15, 2013 Matthew 11:2-19 (NRSV) 2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or […]

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Exalting Self

August 27, 2013No Comments

Take a look at 1 Kings 1:1-35. These verses (and the ones following) comprise a succession narrative; that is, this passage recounts the intrigue surrounding the question: Who shall succeed David as king? Adonijah, son of David’s wife, Haggith, announced that he would succeed his father on the throne, but David had promised his wife […]

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David wanted to build a house for God, but God told him that he (the Lord) would build a house for him (for David). You can read about this in 2 Samuel 7:1-17. In my last several posts, I have been looking at various Scripture passages by asking of each of them five questions? What’s […]

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In my last few posts I have been experimenting with reading the Scriptures by asking of a given passage five questions. My hope has been to hear the gospel in each passage read. Rather than simply generating a set of “do’s and don’ts,” I have wanted to hear how the text proclaims the transforming power […]

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