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The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan

Kimberleigh Buchanan: The Strength of Weakness

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

7th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

July 08, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan (UCC)


I began reflecting on today's text in the midst of a family member's medical crisis. A routine test had quickly turned into a medical emergency. After two weeks of riding a medical roller coaster, my loved one was stable enough for me to return home. On the drive, I reflected on all that had happened. Paul's words about finding strength in weakness came to mind. The previous two weeks had felt like a crash course in weakness. Where was the strength in it?

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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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