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  • Created on Sunday, 16 July 2017
    MATTHEW 7:1-6 “Don’t judge so that you won’t be judged.” It’s one of the most widely quoted teachings of Jesus and one of the Scriptures that even non-Christians are quick to point out. We hear it used a lot these days in conversations that tend to be controversial as a way of kind of saying, “Live and let live” or “What I do is my busin...
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  • Created on Monday, 03 July 2017
    We are “citizens of heaven” but our home and work is here where the King ultimately dwells. PHILIPPIANS 3:17-4:1 This week we will celebrate the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence—the day when the British colonies in America chose to throw off the yoke of monarchical colonialism and become their own nation (or, at least...
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  • Created on Monday, 01 May 2017
    It was late in the evening when I arrived in Memphis for the Wesleyan Covenant Association meeting last Thursday. I headed straight to the rental car counter to claim the “economy” car I had reserved, but when I got to the window the agent said, “Sorry, all we have left in economy are those Smart Cars.” She pointed to a vehicle that was ...
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  • Created on Monday, 01 May 2017
    Dear Members and Friends of TLUMC, I am writing to update you on the status of the decision of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church regarding the Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Conference, Karen Oliveto. The Judicial Council is our denomination’s version of the Supreme Court and rules on matters of church law. On April 28, t...
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  • Created on Thursday, 13 April 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 22:1-27 We are now reaching the climax of Jesus’ journey toward Jerusalem and on this night, in an upper room somewhere in Jerusalem, Jesus will reveal to his disciples the real reason for the journey. It’s interesting that he does so not through another long expositi...
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  • Created on Monday, 10 April 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 19:29-44 The road from Jericho to Jerusalem winds for about 15 miles up through the hot and dusty Judean desert. Today we travel it by bus or car, but in the first century the road was treacherous and an arduous journey by foot, given that it’s about a 4,000 foot elev...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 04 April 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 19:1-10 When you’re a kid, the presence of a great tree with lots of low branches was a certain invitation to climb up and see the world from a greater height. Of course, falling from that great height often leads to one of the first childhood trips to the emergency r...
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  • Created on Monday, 27 March 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 16 If you’ve been following closely as we’ve made our journey through the Gospel of Luke, one of the things you’ve likely noticed is that the use of money is a major theme throughout. In fact, Luke gives us the impression that God’s preference is toward the poor over ...
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  • Created on Thursday, 09 March 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 10:25-42 One of the things that 21st century parents are most concerned about teaching their children is to watch out for strangers. That’s a legitimate concern, of course, given that the world seems to be a much more dangerous place than it used to be. The truth is, ...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 28 February 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 9:28-45 One of the disadvantages to using a lectionary for preaching is that it tends to skip over significant portions of Scripture in order to highlight certain texts for preaching. The problem is that no text exists in isolation from that which comes before and aft...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 21 February 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 7:36-50 A little survey to begin: When it comes to engaging an interesting story, would you rather read the book or watch the movie? There’s often a clear line of demarcation between the two. Book lovers tend to approach this in a condescending way: “Oh, the book is a...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 14 February 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 7:18-35 Take a coin out of your pocket. What does it tell you (other than it’s not worth that much in today’s economy!). Take a look at the pictures and symbols. Of course there are pictures of Presidents on them—Washington on the quarter, Lincoln on the penny—the are...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 31 January 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 6:1-16 This is one of those passages that’s difficult for modern people to understand. In fact, it probably wouldn’t make anyone’s list of favorite Bible stories, given that it’s a squabble between the Pharisees and Jesus and especially because it’s about Sabbath. Of ...
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  • Created on Monday, 23 January 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 5:1-11 One of the things I love to do when I am with a confirmation class or a youth group is to offer them the chance to ask me any question they’ve always wanted to ask a pastor. It’s a fun thing for them and fun for me as well. I often get questions like, “What do ...
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  • Created on Monday, 16 January 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 4:14-30 You’ve probably heard the old saying, “You can’t go home again.” Tom Wolfe, the famous American novelist, actually used it as the title of one of his books. It’s the idea that “home” is really more a product of our memories and that, in reality, the things we ...
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  • Created on Monday, 09 January 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com Luke 3:1-22 As Luke 3 opens we see that we’ve jumped ahead quite a bit in the story. When we left Jesus last week he was 8 days old and being dedicated in the Temple. The next scene finds him as a 12 year-old in the Temple, amazing the teachers with his knowledge and exasp...
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  • Created on Sunday, 25 December 2016
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 2:1-7; COLOSSIANS 1:15-23 “She gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger.” We love the manger scene as we gather here on Christmas Eve, but if you think about it, it’s not exactly the kind of place you’d want to have a...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 13 December 2016
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com TEXT: ISAIAH 61 Good news! That’s how Isaiah begins last Sunday’s text from the Narrative Lectionary. In many ways it’s appropriate. I mean, we’d all like some good news at Christmas, right? Especially given that this year has had a lot of bad news. This is the time of yea...
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  • Created on Monday, 05 December 2016
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com It’s the second Sunday of Advent, and our attention here at the church has turned completely toward the upcoming celebration of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I’ve often said that this is like the Super Bowl for us who lead churches—it’s the time of year when we have the...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 30 November 2016
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com It’s the first Sunday in Advent—a time when when we’re usually prepared to sing songs of the season and hear the familiar stories that will lead us up to the manger, whether it’s the preparatory texts in Luke’s Gospel or the prophecies of Isaiah, or the echoes of the Exodu...
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