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  • Look Into the Manger

    Posted on December 25th, 2008 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Hebrews 9:1-9


    Look Into the Manger
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    Have you had a chance to look into the manger?  I don’t mean the manger in our chancel.  I’m talking about the manger in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.  In a figurative way have you looked into that manger this Christmas season and considered who it is you see there?

    There in that feeding trough you see a baby – a small, fragile, weak infant who needs someone else to take care of him.  Just like any other baby he doesn’t look like a threat to anyone.  In fact, have you ever come across a baby who you thought might hurt you?  No, I didn’t think so.  Perhaps that is why this world is much more willing to celebrate Christmas than Easter.  Jesus as a little baby is not very threatening to anyone, but a Jesus who dies and comes back to life is someone with power – someone you better pay attention to.

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  • Just Look at You Now

    Posted on December 14th, 2008 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Isaiah 61:1-3, 10,11


    Just Look at You Now
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    I was poor.  I was completely and utterly destitute.  I had nothing – not even hope.  You couldn’t tell by looking at me but it was true – I was poor.  I was longing for some good news – just a little bit of hope.  You were poor too.  You were in exactly the same condition I was – poor and destitute.

    God told me, “You must love me perfectly.  Every single moment of every single day I should be the most important thing in your life.  You must serve me in everything you do.  This is what you must do to be holy – and you must be holy because I am holy.  Anything less will be justly punished.”   He tells you that too.  I knew I had failed already.  The burden of this command made my knees buckle and back give out.  It made my heart break.  I had no hope, only hell because I couldn’t pay the price.  I was poor.  So were you.

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  • God’s Messenger Has a Message

    Posted on December 7th, 2008 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Mark 1:1-8


    God’s Messenger Has a Message
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    Someday, off in the future, it just might happen that the President of the United States comes to Sleepy Eye.  I don’t know who the President will be when that happens, but you can be sure that if and when it does happen, someone will come ahead of him to make sure everything is ready.

    This person will need to prepare the town of Sleepy Eye for the arrival of the President.  He will make sure the road is suitable for the President to travel on.  He will make sure people will show up to listen to the President when he stops to speak.  Of course he will also make sure everything is safe for the President so that no one is able to hurt the President.

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  • Watch for your Savior!

    Posted on November 30th, 2008 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Mark 13:32-37


    Watch for your Savior!
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    Did you ever wonder just how the wise men from the east knew to watch for the savior? How did they know when they saw that special star in the sky that the “King of the Jews” had been born?  Some suggest the prophet Daniel, an exile in Babylon, told the wise men of Babylon about the promised Savior more than 500 years before Christ was born.

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  • It is good to be content … with friends

    Posted on November 27th, 2008 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Philippians 4:10-20


    It is good to be content … with friends
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    First, I need to explain the theme printed in the bulletin, “It is good to be content . . . with friends.”  I do not mean to say that with you need to be content with the friends you have even if they are a little less than desirable.  No, what I mean is that we can be content no matter what we have and while we are content God gives us our fellow Christians with whom we can enjoy our contentedness.

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  • Fall Leaves

    Posted on November 17th, 2008 Sallie No comments

    Check out this amazing pile of leaves!

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  • Be Faithful

    Posted on October 26th, 2008 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Matthew 25:14-30


    Be Faithful
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    Jesus has something to say to you.  Right here, right now, your Savior wants to talk to you.  (He will say it through me – not because I am anybody special, but because by his grace he has called me to be here.)  When Jesus speaks to you, what are you going to do?  Are you going to take what Jesus says and bury it in the ground?  Or will you take what Jesus says and put it to work in your life so that its blessings multiply in your life.  Jesus asks us to consider how we will use all his gifts as servants in his kingdom.

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  • Created to Love and Be Loved by the Creator

    Posted on October 19th, 2008 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Matthew 22:34-40


    Created to Love and Be Loved by the Creator
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    When you make a table or you crochet a blanket you expect those things to be the thing you made them to be.  You don’t expect them to start doing something you did not create them to do.  If we created it, then we decide what that thing is used for.  It doesn’t decide on its own.  For example, what if the scrambled eggs you fixed this morning walked off your plate and told you, “I decided  not to be your breakfast.  Instead, I am going to deliver newspapers.” Once you got past the fact that scrambled eggs talked, you would start to realize that the whole world could suddenly become chaos as objects decided not to do the very thing they were designed to do.  The pew as you are sitting in and could decide not to hold you up and you would find yourself painfully sitting on the floor.  Cars, houses, books, streetlights, may all decide to do something other than they were created do and then and nothing in this world would be dependable.  It would be impossible to live.

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  • What Do You Owe?

    Posted on October 12th, 2008 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Matthew 22:15-22


    What Do You Owe?
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    Do you remember the Peanuts cartoons where Charlie Brown would try to kick the football that Lucy was holding? Over and over again Charlie Brown would run to the football to kick it, and Lucy would pull it away at the last moment.  No matter how many times Charlie Brown tried to kick that football he would always end up flat on his back.  Do you think the Pharisees were beginning to feel like Charlie Brown? Over and over again they came to Jesus with questions, trying to trick him or to find something he said which they could use against him.  In today’s gospel reading we heard them ask a question about taxes, and after Jesus responds, we see the Pharisees walk away with their heads hung low.  Again, the football was pulled away at the last moment and they ended up flat on their backs.  We can just hear them say “Drats” as they leave Jesus.  But as we hear Jesus respond “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s,” let us not ignore what he says as the Pharisees did, but let us take it to heart and ask ourselves, “What do we have that belongs to our government, and what do we have that belongs to God?”

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  • Which One Are You

    Posted on September 21st, 2008 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Matthew 21:28-32


    Which One Are You?
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    Mark Twain once said there are two types of people in this world.  There are those who do the work and there are those who take the credit.  Then he said try to be in the first group because there’s less competition.  Eddie Murphy also said there were two types of people, those who divide people into two types and those who don’t.  C.S. Lewis said there are two types of people in this world: those who say to God, “Thy will be done, ” and those to whom God says, in the end, ` thy will be done.  ” Meaning that either you recognize that God is your creator and Savior and  submit to him, or you tell God you want nothing to do with him and in the end he will give you exactly what you want.  C.S. Lewis got it right.

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