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God is Calling: What Will You Lay Down?

Summary: The Gospel of John is one of the great theological books of the bible. For example, in John 3:16 that we hear one of the most frequently memorized and … Continue reading

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January 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

God is Calling! Are You Willing? Luke 2:8-20

All along our Christian journey . . . God is calling us. He is calling us to serve, to pray, to praise, to give, to preach, to teach, to lead, to follow, etc. However, when God is calling, are we willing? Are we willing to listen for the voice of God? Are we willing to act and move? Are we willing to actively seek God? Are we willing to witness to God’s power? Are we willing to worship and praise?

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January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Milwaukee Warming Centers/Rooms Project

A group of engaged Milwaukeeans are looking for ways to help during time so bitter cold. The goals are list below, please plug in: The goal of this project is: … Continue reading

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December 28, 2016 · 4 Comments

The Parable of the Lost Sheep. Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:3-7

I always have my eye out for the lost sheep. #pastorsheart The Parable of the Lost Sheep. Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:3-7 I have a deep burden in my heart for … Continue reading

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December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Luke 1:46-55 Rejoice with Jesus! Pregnant with Possibilities and Promise

God has made Mary a promise. And, although the promise is not yet fulfilled, she rejoices in advance. She is confident in the promise of God and anticipates the arrival of God’s promise — the birth of Christ — in and through her. We should be the same way in our lives. Rejoicing in anticipation of the promises God has made in our lives-even in uncertain times.

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December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Love, Thanksgiving and a Hint of Heaven – Ephesians 5:1-4

SERMON SUMMARY. This study is based on a sermon titled “Love, Thanksgiving, and a Hint of Heaven” from Ephesians 5:1-4. The purpose of the sermon/study is to remind us – … Continue reading

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December 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Mission is Possible: Weapons of Our Warfare

I am still writing something up but wanted to give the the scriptures to begin to look at the them. I am copying a few who asked me about the … Continue reading

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October 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Summary of Bible Study Series (to date) on Christian Accountability

This Bible-study series draws on several biblical narratives and is designed to mature us in the areas of Christian accountability. Remember the focus is on you. Examine yourself. Examine your … Continue reading

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October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Theology for a Grieving People | Sojourners

https://sojo.net/articles/how-blacklivesmatter-changed-my-theology/theology-grieving-people A Theology for a Grieving People My tears started while I was sitting in a coffee shop, and they refused to stop. I gathered my laptop and purse, hurried … Continue reading

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July 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

From Mockery to Ministry: Acts 2:13, 36-41

Peter’s bold response is to move forward. He shares the word of God and his personal testimony about God. But, he does not stop here. He also tells the people the truth about themselves. He does not shrink away from holding the people accountable for their behavior. This is so important because it is the power of the word of God, through the mouth of the child of God, that takes the narrative “from mockery to ministry.”

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June 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Violence, Shooting and Closing the Doors of the Church

I wish I had simple answers to the violence that is moving around us so regularly. Last week, someone was shot at a church at a funeral. This story tells … Continue reading

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May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Build Your Faith: 2 Peter 1 Continued

This short study has some questions you can ask yourself about building your faith. They are drawn from 2 Peter 2:5-9

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April 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

2 Peter Bible Study/Intro & Chapter 1

Introduction to 2 Peter. In his first letter Peter feeds Christ’s sheep by instructing them how to deal with persecution. from outside the church (see 1Pe 4:12); in this second … Continue reading

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April 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

Defeat the Devil: Pursue Your Dreams Numbers 14:9-11 Bible Study September 19, 2012

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Sermon Summary Sunday’s sermon dealt with the great tragedy of allowing doubt, distraction, fear and negativity to stop us from pursuing our God-given vision…

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April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Race is Not Given to the Swift Nor the Strong . . . Run Your Race – Hebrews 12:1-2

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so…

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April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Check Yourself: Serve the Suffering Savior

Sunday’s sermon entitled “Check Yourself: Serve the Suffering Savior” was drawn from Matthew 20:18-28. In this narrative, Christ has just shared with his disciples that he will experience an agonizing … Continue reading

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March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book Review – ‘Evicted’ depicts Milwaukeeans struggling to find affordable housing

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March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Allowed Lincoln Hills Abuses » Urban Milwaukee

It has been a while since I have done a blog entry . . . this story vexes my soul. This, like the water situation in Flint, is a complete … Continue reading

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February 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Christ, Christmas and Young Motherhood

As I meditate and reflect on our Christmas service tomorrow, I cannot help but reflect on new young mothers who are bringing new children into a world that looks pretty … Continue reading

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December 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Korey Wise Donates $190,000 To Help Fight Wrongful Convictions – Central Park Jogger

If you watch the videos over time of these brothers from the Central Park case (click here for the documentary), it is particularly painful to watch him. He always looks … Continue reading

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December 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

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