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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Pastor Michael Frye: A priest had been called to administer last rights to a man who had collapsed due to an apparent heart attack. As he was accustomed to doing, the priest asked the man: “Do you believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?” The man opened his eyes […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Pastor Leonard Sweet tells the story about the District Attorney of a small rural county who was trying a case in which the defendant was charged with drunk driving and trying to assault the police officer who was attempting to arrest him. The easiest way to prove his case was to show […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: The villagers of a seacoast town watched daily as the village blacksmith labored forging a giant chain, link by link. They scoffed at the amount of time that it was taking as he painstakingly attached each link securely to the other. Eventually the great chain was attached to the anchor of a […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: This Sunday in the church year is always known as “Good Shepherd Sunday,” for obvious reasons: The 23rd Psalm is our Psalm for the Day, and our Gospel lesson begins with Jesus’ words: “I am the good shepherd. “The shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” In language that recalls the […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Having traveled almost forty days on our Lenten journey, in which we have often focused on prayer, confession, and Christ’s journey to the cross, today we suddenly find ourselves in the midst of shouting praises and hosannas to our Lord who was knowingly riding toward his ultimate death on the cross. That […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: In our gospel for today some Greeks approach Philip and say: “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Who in the congregation today knows where that phrase can be found in this church? That’s right, every time the pastor steps into the pulpit, he/she walks past a plague containing those words: “Sir, we […]

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