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Epiphany 5B Sermon Commentary

 

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Mark 1:29-39 Sermon Commentary

Epiphany 5B

Comments and Observations: Usually we are far too casual about God’s kingdom. “Your kingdom come, your will be done” we say each time we intone the Lord’s Prayer, but when we finish our prayer and open our eyes, we do not see any such kingdom. It is difficult for us to conceive of a kingdom…

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Psalm 147:1-11, 20c Sermon Commentary

Epiphany 5B

Notes and Observations Psalm 147 is one of the psalter’s five last psalms, each of which begins and ends with a “Hallelu Yah!”   It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate way to close God’s people’s hymnbook.  In fact, this psalm even basically begins by asserting the fittingness of praise to God.  It is, insists the…

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1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Sermon Commentary

Epiphany 5B

Comments and Observations On this fifth Sunday after Epiphany, this lesson from the epistles seems to have nothing to do with Epiphany, until we take a wider and deeper look.  A review of the wider context reminds us that Paul is writing here to a church that is deeply divided—by the abuse of spiritual gifts,…

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Isaiah 40:21-31 Sermon Commentary

Epiphany 5B

Comments and Observations Isaiah 40 is by no means the only place in the Hebrew Scriptures to see this irony but it is on glorious display in also these verses.  You can see it also in places like Psalms 8, 19, and 90, as well as in the Book of Job and other places. What…

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