Pastor Michael Frye: Most children, at some time in their childhood get frustrated enough at their parents that they threaten to run away. I know I did. Rodger Nishioka says that this decision often happens in some dramatic fashion. The announcement is made, important items are packed, food is gathered for the long arduous journey, […]

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A number of years ago, St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City was seeking a new president. Over 100 candidates applied for the position. The search committee narrowed the list to five eminently qualified persons. While they were asking themselves how they would go about finding the best candidate of the five, someone suggested […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: The prophet Elijah had totally embarrassed Queen Jezebel when he won a contest over her priests of Baal by showing that Yahweh was the one and only God, and the priests of Baal were killed in the process. Jezebel swore to kill Elijah when she found him, so Elijah fled for his […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Benjamin Sparks recounts the story about persons who came into the Christian Church in nineteenth century China because they were hungry for material food. They converted, were baptized, and remained active church members as long as their physical needs were met through the generosity of the congregation. But once their prospects improved […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Pastor Mark was making a home visit to one of the families in his congregation. Their five year old son, Tommy, answered the door. “Daddy’s on the phone, and mommy’s changing the baby’s diaper. They’ll be here in a minute,” he said. In order to make some conversation with Tommy, Pastor Mark […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: In our first lesson today, Jeremiah is warning the leaders of Israel (who were often referred to as shepherds of the nation) that God was displeased with their lack of attention to God’s precious sheep, the people: “It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Tim Bowden, in his book “One Crowded Hour”, tells about an incident that happened during the confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia in 1964. Gurkhas from Malaysia’s ally, Nepal, were asked if they would be willing to jump from transport planes into Indonesia, should the need arise. Since they had never trained as […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Michael Lindvall tells the story about a Christian woman who worked in a local bookstore who was approached by a man dressed as a Hasidic Jew. “May I help you?” she asked. “Yes,” he said. “I would like to know about Jesus.” She took him upstairs to the section that contained books […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: The two stories we heard about Jesus this morning couldn’t be any more different from each other. In the first story, one of the leaders of the local synagogue came to Jesus with a frantic request that Jesus come lay his hands upon his gravely ill daughter and heal her (just as […]

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