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Sing Christmas! | Music Monday

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I’m late.  I know. I know. It’s Wednesday, and I’m posting Music Monday.  If it makes you feel better, I planned to post this on Monday, but forgot.  Yea, I know, that’s so unlike me to forget anything. Our Chancel Choir hosted their annual Christmas Cantata this weekend.  It’s always a blessing to hear the Christmas story told with music.  I’m grateful for the people that spent many months preparing for this year’s event. This was also our church’s first attempt at live streaming.  I decided to use Facebook Live…read more

A message to American worryers

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The big, scary monster that was Election 2016 is no more!  You just Amen-ed, didn’t you? This past Sunday our church observed All Saints Sunday.  One of the readings for that service was from Daniel 7, his dream of the four beasts.  Of the dream, Daniel says, “my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me.”  Seeing how this was the Sunday before Election Tuesday, I noticed how easy it was for all of us to relate to how Daniel felt.  So many of us have worried…read more

Eim Eshkachech | Music Monday

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Gloria and I like to watch foreign films.  It’s intriguing to glimpse into other cultures. A few years ago we watched (through Netflix, I believe) Fill the Void.  It is a Hebrew film about a young woman who is pressured into marrying her late sister’s husband.  There’s a bit more to it than that, but you get the idea.  I think you’ll be captivated by the movie, but it’s the music that I remember. Specifically, the song I am sharing today is one that bounces around in my mind from time…read more

Betty Goes to Jail

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This weekend I preached from Luke’s passage when Jesus sends the disciples out with power and authority.  They were told to take nothing with them.  All they would have would be the power, authority and mission Christ gave them.  The sermon was a chance to emphasize the role of service in our Christian faith. If we’re not serving, what are we doing?  Probably taking care of ourselves, but I won’t preach that sermon today. Instead, I want to introduce you to Betty.  When I first saw Betty’s story I teared up….read more

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One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.
-Tim Ferriss

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Bible Study Death by Devotional

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When it comes to the Bible, if there’s one thing that drives a pastor crazy it’s that many people in the church don’t make time to read, study and meditate on scripture.  If there are two things that drive this pastor crazy it’s 1) see the previous sentence and 2) many who do read the Bible are content with the sound bite versions they read. This isn’t anything new.  And many have often complained.  I, for one, have been preaching for years about Bible Study Death By Devotional. Is it good to use…read more