Paul Olsen

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Welcome Everyone as Christ

Jesus sends his disciples out into the world with this promise:Whoever welcomes you welcomes me,and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Hospitality is the mark of the church;we receive everyone as though they were Christ himself—it is our business, it’s what we do. In my house, near the guest rooms, I have …

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I Doubt It

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them …

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Fish For Breakfast

John 21:1-25  (& Matthew 5:1-11) Good morning.A friend of mine challenged me to do a sermon while cooking,so I accept the challenge.Today we’re having fish for breakfast. And why not? Jesus did.John, who always tells the best stories,tells us how it happened. It’s a few weeks after that first Easter;Jesus has appeared to his beloved …

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These Bones Shall Live Again

Here’s a God question for you,a question God puts to you:“Mortal,” God calls you, “can these bones live?” I’ve been thinking about the prophet Ezekiel,prophesying to that valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37.And I’ve been thinking about these dry, anxious, fearful timeswe’re living in. We are all anxious right now,whether you feel it or not—because …

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Driven Outward and Inward

Yesterday, out of the blue, an old friend 500 miles away, sent me a text message—just wanted to send greetings, she said. We hadn’t been in touch for over two years. Same day, a friend thousands of miles away in Brazil, posts on Facebook how in the craziness of these days the whole world is …

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