Pastor Michael Frye: Shortly after Judy and I were married, her parents built a home on some farm property that they owned in Rowan County. It was an expansive property, and it had been a working farm with gardens and cattle, and there was a pretty substantial grapevine alongside the road leading into the home. […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: In our gospel lesson today, the chief priests and elders challenge Jesus with the question, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” This encounter was shortly after Jesus had cleansed the temple of the money-changers and proclaimed, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: I have four siblings in my family (three brothers and a sister). We are stair-stepped, being either one or two years apart. We love each other dearly, but as we were growing up we did get into some scrapes with one another. When we did, our parents would step in and go […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: If you have ever watched famous stars walk the red carpet at the Oscar or Emmy Awards, you will see fashion reporters stop them and ask the inevitable question: “Who are you wearing?” And you will hear such answers as Georgio Armani, Chanel, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, and […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: There is a German saying: Man ist was man isst, translated: “Man is what man eats.” This saying could harken as far back as Jewish Levitical laws, because here were strict regulations regarding the preparation and consumption of food. The Hebrew word for this is “kashrus” or “kosher,” which means pure or […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: In the mid-twentieth century the most economical and popular way to travel great distances across the country was by train. There were normally a couple of Pullman cars with sleeping berths for overnight travel. Tommy was taking his first train ride with his parents. When it came time to go to bed, […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: This morning I am going to address an aspect of today’s Gospel lesson that gets little attention in sermons. An event leading up to Jesus’ feeding more than five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish gives us an amazing picture of both Jesus’ humanity and his divinity. The […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: I can remember as a child being taken by my grandfather to the county fair. It was my first trip to the fair, so everything was so exciting; almost surreal. At one point my grandfather stopped at a booth where, if you could throw a ring around a bottle, you could win […]

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