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The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright

Rob Wright: Up Ahead

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

4th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

July 07, 2019

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)


Jesus wants to speak to his friends about the harvest. "The harvest is great," he says. He's talking about connecting with people. Sharing purpose with people. Gathering people. Some call this church growth, but it is so, so much more. More like joining God in God's purpose. More like helping people become themselves.

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The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb

Charley Reeb: The Secret

Philippians 4:10-13

September 18, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb (UMC)


I can do all things through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

If you are like me, you enjoyed watching the Olympics a few weeks ago. The things those athletes can do amaze me. They seem to have super human powers. I was a pretty good athlete when I was younger, but I could only dream of being an Olympian. Maybe I should have recited Philippians 4:13 more. Perhaps I would have made it. Our verse for today is connected to sports quite a bit. People use it to inspire them to reach their goals or win their games. That's fair enough, but there is a depth of meaning in this verse that goes deeper than crossing the finish line and winning a gold medal. Seen in its larger context, this verse is more powerful than we think.

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