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  • Created on Wednesday, 06 April 2022
    Sunday, April 10, 2022 is Palm Sunday, which begins our walk with Jesus from the Mount of Olives to the Upper Room, to the cross, and then to the empty tomb. We’ll be continuing our series “Jesus the Stranger” throughout our eleven services during Holy Week, so I wanted to give our Tri-Lakes UMC family and our online congregation a previ...
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  • Created on Thursday, 24 March 2022
    Our Lenten sermon series “Jesus the Stranger” has been looking at the ways in which various people responded to Jesus as he went about his ministry in first-century Judea. This week we explore the relationship between Jesus and his disciples, the people who were seemingly closest to him, and yet also simultaneously the most clueless abou...
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  • Created on Thursday, 17 March 2022
    Today is St. Patrick’s Day and most people, whether they are of Irish descent or not, will don some green, maybe drink a few green beers, wear shamrock pins, maybe even wear something that says, curiously, “Kiss me, I’m Irish” (is there something I missed about the Irish being more kissable?). Parades will march, pipes will play, and Chi...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 09 March 2022
    If you’re of a certain age, the title of this week’s post immediately takes you back to the 1980 Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice.” Al Michaels’ iconic call as the seconds ticked down on the improbable upset of the Soviet hockey team by a bunch of plucky American college kids is arguably the greatest moment in American sports history. I ...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 02 March 2022
    Our Lenten sermon series at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church is titled “Jesus the Stranger” and will focus on the various ways the people around Jesus during his ministry missed or misunderstood his mission and purpose. My contention is that we tend to miss or misunderstand him as well because our expectations often get in the way. We e...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 23 February 2022
    Yeah, that title should get your attention… We’re coming to the conclusion of our series on the seven sermons to the seven churches of Revelation and it seems that Jesus has actually saved the worst for last. If we thought things were bad in Sardis, a church that had the “name of being alive” but was actually “dead,” Laodicea gets an eve...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 16 February 2022
    If you’ve visited Philadelphia, PA, you know that it’s famous as the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, the home of the Liberty Bell, and the best cheesesteaks on the planet. It’s also a rival to the city on the other side of the state, which is why Pittsburghers and Philadelphians are often at odds especially when it comes t...
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  • Created on Thursday, 10 February 2022
    One of the things drilled into young infantry officers is the ability to instantly analyze a plot of terrain and its tactical strengths and weaknesses. Like most things with the military, that analysis involves an acronym; in this case, it’s a soft-drink sounding one–OCOKA–which addresses the five features to evaluate when looking at any...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 19 January 2022
    When Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna was arrested in 155 AD by Roman authorities, the charge levied against him was that he, like the members of his flock, was an “atheist.” They didn’t mean that Polycarp held no faith in God, which is the modern definition of an atheist, but rather that Polycarp held to and taught a radically exclusive belief...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 12 January 2022
    As we dive deeper into our series on the seven churches of Revelation this week, we begin with a look at the church in Ephesus, which is the first major city a messenger would have come to in taking John’s written Revelation from Patmos. Ephesus was the leading city in Asia Minor in the first century with an estimated population of about...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 04 January 2022
    Ah, 2022–the year that things return to some semblance of normal, yes? Well, no. After two years of riding the pandemic roller coaster, it’s pretty clear that things have been permanently altered. As Doc Holliday says to Wyatt Earp at the end of Tombstone, one of my favorite movies of all time: “There is no normal life. There’s just life...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 07 July 2021
    I got out for a round of golf at the Air Force Academy with some guys from the church this week. I like playing at the Academy courses because the scenery is beautiful, but also because there are no houses to hit on either side of the fairways. Given the fact that I usually only play once or twice a year, my swing is somewhat less than p...
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  • Created on Thursday, 01 July 2021
    “They will attack you in the morning, and they will come booming – skirmishers three deep. You will have to fight like the devil to hold your own until supports arrive. The enemy must know the importance of this position and will strain every nerve to secure it, and if we are able to hold it, we will do well.” – Brig. General John Buford...
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  • Created on Friday, 14 May 2021
    TLUMC Family, You have likely seen the CDC’s update on mask-wearing that was issued yesterday, stating that those who have been fully vaccinated may now go without masks in most settings. I know that raises some immediate questions about masking in worship and other activities at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church. While the CDC’s new gui...
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  • Created on Thursday, 01 July 2021
    Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. If your brother or sister is being injured by , you are no longer ...
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  • Created on Thursday, 01 July 2021
    One of the normal things that happen in the first weeks of the new year is that people tend to pay more attention to their bodies than at other times of the year. This is the season in which people make new year’s resolutions to lose weight, or eat better, or exercise more. Normally that means the gyms are packed and that’s still true th...
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  • Created on Thursday, 01 July 2021
    If you’ve been watching the news this week you probably came across the kerfuffle about Missouri Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) and his prayer before the opening session of Congress this week which he ended with “Amen and A-woman.” The fact that Rep. Cleaver is also an ordained United Methodist added fuel to the fire, leading many to...
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  • Created on Thursday, 22 October 2020
    It’s hard to believe that we’ll be celebrating Advent in just 5 1/2 weeks. Seems like just yesterday that we were in the midst of Lent and the coronavirus shutdown came. Then again, it also feels at times like that was five years ago! We went through Lent and Eastertide with our services strictly being held online and we fasted from Holy...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 29 September 2020
    As we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, and as the fall weather pushes us back indoors after a great summer of outdoor “drive-in worship,” we are making some changes to our worship schedule and offerings for the next few months. I still see these as temporary changes and, as we did with outdoor worship, I expect us to make s...
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  • Created on Saturday, 06 June 2020
    Sunday Morning Drive-In Worship – 9:00am (Beginning June 21) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER As Colorado has been easing some restrictions on gatherings, we received guidance this week from our Governor on how churches can begin meeting again. When the pandemic lockdown started, I had hoped that we’d all be able to come back on one big Sunday whe...
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