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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Pastor Michael Frye: Last Sunday’s Gospel lesson found Jesus speaking in parables about the Kingdom of God. For weeks Jesus had been healing and teaching among the Jews. Now his eyes were turned toward the other side of the lake where he would minister to the Gentiles; strangers whose religion was not his own, but […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: A teacher was reading the story of the three little pigs to her first grade class. This teacher liked adding little things to the story to make it more interesting for the children. So, when she came to the part of the story where the first little pig was trying to gather […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: We are all familiar with the story that unfolds in our first lesson today. Adam and Eve had tasted the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden and they heard the sound of God walking in the garden. Realizing what they had done, they hid among the trees. Their Lord God called […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: One of the major problems human beings have in this world is being able to distinguish between those things that are really important for a human understanding of God, and those things that only confuse and confound us. For instance, in our gospel lesson for today it is obvious (because of Jesus’ […]

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