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Be Children of the Light – Kent Dunnington

1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
The Lord tells Samuel: I don’t see like you see; you see the outward appearance, but I see the heart. Paul tells the Ephesians: Once you were in the dark, now you are in the light; live as children of light. The once-blind beggar tells the Pharisees: One thing I do know, I was blind but now [...]



The Living Water of Reconciliation – Georgann Kurtz-Shaw

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42
Two months ago, on January 17th, with students from Greenville College and students from Calvin College in Michigan, I crowded into the crypt of St. Photini the Samaritan Greek Orthodox Church in Nablus in the West Bank of Israel. We all stood watching for several minutes as Haley Fahrner cranked and cranked and cranked [...]



Rebirth – Eli Gravert

Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17
On this second Sunday in Lent, we continue our Lenten journey. The theme that jumped out upon my initial reading was: “Calling.” I had all these wonderful words about how this church in particular has shown the fruits of embracing calling. But as I read and reread [...]



Jesus Gets It Right–For Us – Judy Cox

Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11
Evelyn Rose, age four, faced marshmallow temptation alone in the Baby Lab. (Do you remember that marshmallow test?: gobble down your scrumptious-looking marshmallow right now, OR, if you can wait a few minutes, get two to enjoy. This test evaluates impulse control and delayed gratification, which correlate strongly [...]