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21 Sep Journey of Welcome

5 May the God of endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude toward each other, similar to Christ Jesus’ attitude. 6 That way you can glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ together with one voice. 7 So welcome each other, in the same way that...

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15 Sep Hospitality Confession

We use a new confessional prayer  with each new sermon series in the life of Durham Church. The prayer connects to the overarching themes of the series and moves us toward deeper truth-telling with Jesus and fuller knowledge of God's grace-filled love. We share this prayer...

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10 Sep Patience

10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was...

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28 Aug Reconciliation through God

When they had come into a house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about during the journey?” 34 They didn’t respond, since on the way they had been debating with each other about who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,“Whoever wants...

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18 Aug Like Trees Walking

29 He asked them, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” 30 Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Read this week's full text, Mark 8:27-38 This moment when Peter names Jesus as messiah is the literal and spiritual center of...

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06 Aug Rules Created by Humans

6 He replied, “Isaiah really knew what he was talking about when he prophesied about you hypocrites. He wrote, This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. 7 Their worship of me is empty since they teach instructions that are human words.[a] 8  You ignore God’s commandment...

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21 Jul The Patterns of This World

20 This was because Herod respected John. He regarded him as a righteous and holy person, so he protected him. John’s words greatly confused Herod, yet he enjoyed listening to him. Read this week's full text, Mark 6:14-29. Herod is a hard man to pin down. The basic...

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15 Jul The Girl Gets Up

Jesus left that place and came to his hometown. His disciples followed him.2 On the Sabbath, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were surprised. “Where did this man get all this? What’s this wisdom he’s been given? What about the powerful...

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08 Jul Faith in Power

30 At that very moment, Jesus recognized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 His disciples said to him, “Don’t you see the crowd pressing against you? Yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 But Jesus looked around...

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30 Jun Why Are You Afraid?

35 Later that day, when evening came, Jesus said to them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” 36 They left the crowd and took him in the boat just as he was. Other boats followed along. 37 Gale-force winds arose, and waves crashed against the boat so...

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