Sermons by Roger Fankhauser

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

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Psalm 37:1-11  Okay, that’s not really what the Psalmist wants his readers to think when they read “do not fret because of evildoers.” It’s a popular concept, from a once popular song. I’ll let you judge whether the song was good, annoying, or somewhere in between. So, when he wrote “do not fret” (as most […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward

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2 Peter 3:18, Philippians 3:14  A few years ago, we planted a silver maple tree in our backyard. It was small enough that I could dig the whole myself and plant the tree. Over the years, it has grown substantially! Meanwhile, the oak tree planted in the front yard by our builders slowly died. We […]

What Did Mary Know?

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Luke 1:26-38  A popular Christmas song asks the question, “Mary, did you know?” I love questions like this, they force us to place ourselves in the other person’s shoes. of course, how we answer the question is often conjecture, but some we can answer with certainty! Of course, Mary was perplexed and “pondered” these things […]

The Fingers of Prophecy

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Matthew 1-2  Weird title? Yep! One of the amazing truths about the birth of Christ is how improbable it was yet how inevitable it was. The Bible spoke of His birth (and life, and death, etc.) centuries before the events occurred. Such prophecies confirm that He is, in fact, the promised one and not just another […]

The Universal Christmas Gift

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Psalm 32  We often think about Christmas presents this time of year. I have been thinking about what to get Debbie for a while and – other husbands, don’t be jealous – I am already done with getting her gifts! The fascinating thing, or maybe better to say, the frustrating thing, about getting her gifts is every […]

In the Face of Fear

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Psalm 27  Most of us have a phobia or two. We’re afraid of spiders or we’re afraid of heights. Some fears cause more life problems – a fear of crowds, for example. But in addition to “phobias,” most of us have faced fear due to life circumstances. A friend’s daughter (in another state) was robbed […]

Thanksgiving!

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Psalm 100  Turkey. Football. Family. Food. Did I say football? Next week is “Thanksgiving.” This is a uniquely American holiday, as Easter and Christmas are celebrated globally. The story behind Thanksgiving is fascinating, with the story of the Mayflower, the pilgrims, and Plymouth Rock (side note, if you enjoy reading, “Mayflower” by Nathaniel Philbrick, is […]

Direction!

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Psalm 25  The advancement of cell phone technology makes finding our way in the dark much easier. In days gone by, I used a paper map. In the dark, we were forced to use the dome light to read the map, hoping we knew where we were on the map and hoping we could read […]

The Best Known Psalm

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Psalm 23  One of these days, I am going to preach on a mostly-happy Psalm! I mapped out the sequence of messages in advance, but I am amazed at how often the Psalm for that week fits something in my world. We all know the famous line in this Psalm, “Even though I walk through […]