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The Sword That Heals

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The First United Presbyterian Church “The Sword That Heals” Rev. Amy Morgan Feb. 24, 2019
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Genesis 45:3-11, 15 Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.  4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come closer to me." And they came closer. He said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.  5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.  6 For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.  7 God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.  8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.  9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to hi…

Follow the River

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The First United Presbyterian Church “Follow the River” Rev. Amy Morgan Feb. 17, 2019
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Jeremiah 17:5-11 5 Thus says the LORD: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the LORD.  6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.  7 Blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.  8 They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.  9 The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse-- who can understand it?  10 I the LORD test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.  11 Like the partridge hatching what it did not lay, so are all who amass …

From Successful to Significant

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The First United Presbyterian Church “Successful to Significant” Rev. Amy Morgan Feb. 10, 2019
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Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.  2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  3 And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory."  4 The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.  5 And I said: "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!"  6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.  7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: "Now that this has t…

No Good Reason

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The First United Presbyterian Church “No Good Reason” Rev. Amy Morgan Feb. 3, 2019
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Jeremiah 1:4-10 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,  5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."  6 Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy."  7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.  8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD."  9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth.  10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."


Luke 4:21-30 Then [Jesus] began to say to [those gathered in the synagogue], "Today thi…