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Sue Whitt
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How we know that we abide in God, Reflection on 1 John 4:7-21
If the author of this epistle were writing to your congregation today, would he need to include this section? Does your congregation need to be reminded to love? to love each other? to love our brothers and sisters? to love people we don't even know? And wh...
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Reflection on Exodus 20:17-20
Quote from Allen & Williamson's Preaching from the Old Testament : Eight of the ten words begin: "you shall not." People often speak of negative commandments as off-putting "do nots" that constrict life....But that misconstrues the negative instructions in ...
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Toward Freedom, a Reflection on Exodus 20:1-6
God had said to those people released from slavery but still living in the wilderness, "You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol." Was is easier for them to focus than it is for any of us? How free are we? Do we consid...
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More than Piety is Required, a Reflection on Exodus 20:7-11
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God. It seems to me that I was taught not to use certain curse words because they would have been a violation of this command. Later, I was taught that this command deals with more than cussing. W...
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Looking toward Trinity Sunday, Reflection on John 3:1-17
Jesus has been talking to Nicodemus, but now is speaking to a plural you when he says "The Son of Man must be lifted up so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." We take "lifted up" to mean the crucifixion or the resurrection or the ascension,...
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Y'all, a Reflection on Philippians 1:3-8
For whatever reason, English speakers dropped the singular second-person pronoun. So, we can't tell when "you" means "thee"; i.e., singular, and when it means "you"; i.,e., plural. So, I looked up this passage in my Greek New Testament to make sure which yo...
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Time to Repent, a Reflection on Acts 17:29-31
Paul had been raised as a Jew and had lived among Jews. So, a god not made by human hands would have been a basic, long-accepted truth for him--but not so for the Athenians. As would the existence of God not lots of gods. Paul is talking to people who would...
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Sermon to Seekers, a Reflection on Acts 17:22-28
Paul stood in front of the Areopagus in Athens. I looked it up. The word means "Temple of Ares (god of war)" or "Mars' (another name for Ares) Hill." This building in Paul's time was the meeting place for the highest judicial and legislative council. He beg...
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Ananias goes to Saul who listens, a Reflection on Acts 9:7-20
Jesus spoke to Ananias in a vision: Go tell Saul to tell about me to both Gentiles and Jews. Ananias was surprised at the choice of Saul because of his efforts at ridding Judaism of Christ followers. But, he expressed no surprise at the message only the mes...
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On the Way, a Reflection on Acts 9:1-6
"Meanwhile," the passage begins; so, I looked back to see what has been happening. Saul had witnessed the execution of Stephen in Jerusalem. Persecution of Christians in Jerusalem became so fearsome that many fled the city. Saul was part of the effort to re...
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