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Luke, the physician and author of the most detailed account of Jesus, continues to offer us a second opinion on life and faith. Ever feel like you have been sold “a bill of goods?” The product you sacrificed to save for and purchased, in retrospect, turned out to be so much less than promised. I have had vacations like this and cars like this – heck, I just got a pair of Groupon shoes like this! The product did not live up to the promise. This can be disappointing when it comes to cars, but debilitating when it comes to faith. Has your experience with Christianity not lived up to the promises you felt were made? Were you lied to? Want to know what happened? This Sunday, come and get a second opinion.

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Luke, the physician and author of the most detailed account of Jesus, continues to offer us a second opinion on life and faith. Ever feel like you have been sold “a bill of goods?” The product you sacrificed to save for and purchased, in retrospect, turned out to be so much less than promised. I have had vacations like this and cars like this – heck, I just got a pair of Groupon shoes like this! The product did not live up to the promise. This can be disappointing when it comes to cars, but debilitating when it comes to faith. Has your experience with Christianity not lived up to the promises you felt were made? Were you lied to? Want to know what happened? This Sunday, come and get a second opinion.

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Oscar Wilde once quipped, “I can resist anything except temptation.” We all know it, we have all felt it, and at one time or another we have given in to it – temptation. This Sunday, we kick off a new series with a focus on lessons we can learn from the book of Luke. Jesus no sooner starts his ministry and He is immediately led into temptation. Can you relate? Wilde would go on to say, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” Is that true? What do all of our temptations have in common? How did Jesus overcome? How can you? It’s time to stand up to temptation before it’s too late – let’s start together this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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I’m not sure how it developed, but there is an age-old question that all of us have been asked, or pondered ourselves: “Would you rather be deaf or blind?” In fact, if you “google it,” there are nearly 700,000 responses. This Sunday, we wrestle with the same question. Luke recounts a story of Jesus and offers up a second opinion on what it is we think we see. At one point, Jesus asks a haunting question: “Do you see this woman?” I think He is still asking you and me that same question. How well do we see each other? Who do we see when we look in the mirror? This Sunday, we get a second opinion on our eyesight. Maybe, just maybe, you have been looking

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My wife loves to garden. To me, it seems like hard and dirty work, but she finds it relaxing. To me, the couch is relaxing. To my wife, crawling around in the dirt and breaking up the soil restores her soul. This Mother’s Day, after you hit the Mother’s Day Photo Booth, listen as Luke relates the story of a gardener, soil, seeds, and souls. Has your heart grown hard? Has your soul grown weary? Was there a time in your life when passion for today and vision for tomorrow was the norm, and now you are just trying to make it through the day? This Sunday, with a special nod to moms interested in sowing a heart for God in their kids, we take a second look at our soul and the seeds of life that need to be sown and grown.

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In 2013, Forbes published an article entitled, “The 35 Questions That Will Change Your Life.” There are some pretty good questions on that list: What is your WHY? If you weren’t scared, what would you do? Are your “shoulds” getting in the way of your happiness? These are good, deep questions, worthy of reflection. Jesus, as recorded in detail by the physician, Luke, asks THE most profound question of all time. How we answer that question has greater temporal and eternal impact than any question ever asked. How you answer that question has the ability to usher you into the life you have been looking for here on this earth and into the life to come. We all have to answer this one simple question, and the truth is that we have all answered Jesus. So, what’s your answer? Are you sure?

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I lose things – lots of things – all the time. I lose keys and coats, phones and cards. It is so bad that for Christmas, my daughter got me Bluetooth-enabled discs to attach to my keys and wallet. Heck, as I write this, I can’t find my new winter jacket. Most of the time I find my stuff, and when I don’t. it can be replaced. Have you ever lost something irreplaceable – something you can’t simply go to the store and buy new? Maybe a parent, a friend, a child? That’s a profound level of loss and one worthy of not only mourning, but a search to end all searches. This week, in perhaps the most revealing chapter in his book, Luke proposes that we take a look at things valued and things lost. Search parties and homecoming celebrations – this Sunday at MHCC.

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“I’m bored.” Has that thought ever crossed your mind during a conversation with someone? It has for me. And, it has happened during my conversations with God as much as with another person. Does that surprise you? Now, I have listened to preachers tell me all about the benefits of prayer. I have read books that sing of the joys of prayer. And still, as I am praying, that thought can pop into my head…”I’m bored.” But, prayer isn’t boring. So why does it so often seem that way? Come to Mendham Hills this Memorial Day weekend and together, let’s find out why.

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In what I believe will be one of our more powerful gatherings of the year, this Sunday we take a hard look at what we are ashamed of. Perhaps nothing impacts our own identities more than who it is we “hang out” with. We want to be seen as cool and popular, so we strive to be seen with, well, the cool and popular. Maybe we even have some public friends (the ones we want to be seen with) and some private friends (the ones we invite to our homes, but not out for dinner). Who do you want to be identified with? Or identified as? And does it matter? As we prepare for our annual baptism gathering in a couple of weeks, a question echoes across the centuries that each of us must answer: Who do you want to be identified with and who are you ashamed of? It matters…it really matters.

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The concept of a God for many people, maybe for you, is somewhat abstract. We love the idea of “a God.” We certainly hope for a benevolent deity, but in the day-to-day, it sure would be nice to have a more tangible presence. When life gets tough, I would really love to have a “God with skin on” to go to. In the final days of the life of Jesus, we see that God saw fit to provide just what His children were looking for – a very real and present Father. This Father’s Day, we will ask the dads among us to take a note. Our kids need the same thing… “a Father with skin on.”