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  • Created on Sunday, 24 December 2017
    A SERMON FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND THE CONCLUSION TO THE “WONDER WOMEN OF ADVENT” SERIES. LUKE 1, 2 When I was in seminary I served as a youth pastor at a little church in Ohio that had a tradition of doing a live outdoor nativity scene during the Christmas season. The deal was that the kids would volunteer for half hour shifts sitting out i...
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  • Created on Sunday, 24 December 2017
    FOURTH IN THE SERIES “WONDER WOMEN OF ADVENT” 2 SAMUEL 11 We have come to the fourth Sunday in Advent and the fourth of our “Wonder Women” from Jesus’ genealogy. So far, we’ve looked at the troubling story of Tamar, who went around the law in order to obey the law and get justice for herself and her family; we’ve looked at Rahab, who dem...
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  • Created on Monday, 18 December 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com THIRD IN THE SERIES “WONDER WOMEN OF ADVENT” RUTH 1-4 We have come to our next “Wonder Woman” from the genealogy of Jesus, who is the only one to have an entire book of the Bible dedicated to her story. The Book of Ruth is a beloved story for many, and it contains one of t...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 12 December 2017
    PART 2 OF THE SERIES “WONDER WOMEN OF ADVENT” All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com JOSHUA 2:1-21 A couple of years ago we cut the cable cord, bought a digital antenna, and we now only get the free over the air channels on our TV. At first I thought we would be missing out (and I do miss the occasional game on...
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  • Created on Monday, 04 December 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com FIRST IN THE SERIES “WONDER WOMEN OF ADVENT” Matthew 1:1-3a; Genesis 38 As someone with a passion for history, I’ve always been interested in genealogies. Maybe it’s because, as an adopted child with no knowledge of my birth parents, I don’t know my own history—where my fa...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 28 November 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com We continue our look at the short, personal letter of Philemon this week with a little review. Last week, we looked at the occasion for the letter—the apostle Paul is trying to reconcile a runaway slave named Onesimus (which means “useful”) with his master Philemon, and in...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 22 November 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com PHILEMON 1-11 It’s hard to believe that we’ve already arrived at Thanksgiving week this year. Seems like only yesterday it was Fourth of July and we were enjoying the summer sun. Advent and Christmas will soon be here, so we’ve reached the beginning of the “holiday season....
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  • Created on Monday, 13 November 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com MATTHEW 25:14-30 We have come to the conclusion of our series on “oikonomics” and how we invest the five capitals of life in the kingdom of God the way Jesus did. We’ve been looking at each of them in order of priority, beginning with spiritual capital, which is hearing th...
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  • Created on Monday, 06 November 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com ROMANS 12:1-2 As we continue our look at the five capitals we have to invest in the work of God’s kingdom and the oikos or family of God, let’s again review what we’ve talked about so far. We have said that spiritual capital is the most important of the five—that the ultim...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 01 November 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com JOHN 15:1-8 Thus far in this series we’ve looked at the two most important capitals according to Jesus: 1) Spiritual Capital, which is building the oikos of God’s kingdom through loving God and hearing and doing what God commands and, 2) Relational Capital, which is about ...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 25 October 2017
    LUKE 16:1-13 Last week we looked at spiritual capital, the most valuable investment we can make. Jesus invited people to live the good life of God’s kingdom by changing their hearts and lives and believing in the good news that God’s reign and rule was breaking in on the earth. Hearing and doing the words of Jesus are the currency for bu...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 17 October 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com MATTHEW 7:24-29 We opened our series last Sunday by talking about “the good life.” Jesus’ definition of that life is much different than what we normally think. The rich ruler came to Jesus seeking to have it all, but Jesus challenged the way he was investing his life. The...
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  • Created on Monday, 09 October 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 18:18-30 What is your vision of the good life? It’s a question that most of us have in the back of our minds at any given time. It’s the kind of life we dream about, the kind of life we work for, but the kind of life that often seems just out of arm’s reach. It’s a li...
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  • Created on Monday, 02 October 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com LUKE 11:1-4 We have come to the conclusion of our course in the School of Prayer, but really we’re just beginning. Learning to pray and wrestling in prayer is something we need to do for a lifetime. In this series we’ve talked about prayer from a biblical perspective—that ...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 26 September 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com ACTS 10 So far in the “School of Prayer” we’ve talked about why we pray—that prayer is asking God to come through on his promises. We’ve talked about what we pray for, following the example of the Old Testament patriarchs and prophets who “called on the name of the Lord” t...
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  • Created on Monday, 25 September 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com During our lessons in the School of Prayer, we’ve been talking about the fact that “calling on the name of the Lord” and praying “in the name of Jesus” are ways of asking God to do what he has promised. That’s Gospel-shaped prayer. The patriarchs, matriarchs, and prophets ...
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  • Created on Thursday, 07 September 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com JOHN 14:8-14 We have now come to our third lesson in the School of Prayer and, like any good course of study, it’s often helpful to have some review before moving ahead. In our first lesson, we looked at the reasons we struggle with prayer and one of those major reasons is...
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  • Created on Monday, 28 August 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com SECOND IN THE SERIES “SCHOOL OF PRAYER” GENESIS 4:25-26; ROMANS 8:18-27 What was the first prayer you ever prayed? For those of us who grew up in the church it might have been a table grace you used in your family (God is great, God is good…) or that nighttime prayer many ...
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  • Created on Sunday, 20 August 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com FIRST IN THE SERIES, “SCHOOL OF PRAYER” LUKE 11:1-10 “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Every time I read that verse, I think to myself, “Yes, Lord, teach me to pray because I’m not very good at it.” The disciples of Jesus were observing him in on...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 08 August 2017
    All blog posts originate from Pastor Bob's website, bobkaylor.com A SERMON GIVEN AT THE TRI-LAKES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CAMP MEETING – AUGUST 6, 2017. Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14 Well, here we are—our second annual Camp Meeting worship service! They say if you do something once it’s an event, but doing it twice makes it a tradition. This is on...
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