Miracles

Incredible! No, pardon the pun. It’s INCONCEIVABLE! Sarah having a baby? Now? At 90? It hurt for a while to wait and not to receive. Then the hurt turned to anger, and the anger to cold resignation. She laughed now … because she’d long ago finished crying. She can hear the Lord promise, “your wife will […]

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The Sun Is Rising!

Friends in Christ— Deb and I just visited historic Philadelphia! At the top of the chair in Independence Hall—where John Hancock sat—is the sun carved into the wood. The big question all the Founding Fathers had was: “is it a setting sun or a rising sun?” On this Rally Sunday we answer that same question […]

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Grudges

TAKE YOUR HANDS AND MAKE TWO FISTS. HOLD THOSE FISTS CLOSED AS TIGHT AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN. HARDER. NOW HOLD. Grudges. Webster defines them as a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a real or imagined past insult or injury. Or, Urban dictionary says this, “a grudge is the bad feeling, or […]

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Dinner Is Ready!

A recent national survey simply asked—“What is the phrase you most long to hear?” The overwhelming answer was rather predictable:  “I love you.” In a solid second place was “I forgive you,” (also not surprising). But the third most longed-for phrase took me a bit by surprise:  “Dinner is ready!” Jesus — especially in John’s […]

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Break through the religious façade

Hebrews 1:1-6 They made up their own. Their own ways of living, their own ways of being, their own ways of what it means to faithful. It’s the “we’ve always done it this way before.” We’ve create an entangled, fractured, broken way of living … and our soul starts to wilt. It’s a dead faith. […]

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Searching for meaning

A few years ago—a pastor friend was riding with a sheriff’s deputy, who was a member of his church. He was called to an apartment building to investigate possible “domestic violence.” When they arrived, they found a young woman and a small child of about 18 months. The woman (actually just a girl—about 17 or […]

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Needing a Rest

Guest Pastor Bruce Falken Mark 6:30-34; 55-56 Bill Heider said one time, “The only thing wrong with being retired is that you never get a day off.”  In talking with many people who are retired, I’ve heard they are busier now than they ever were when they were working.

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Who’s in the pilot’s seat?

A couple of days ago I saw this bumper sticker. “If God is your co-pilot … change seats.”  Good advice. But we all know that it’s easier said than done. He is the Creator and we are the creatures. He is the Master and we are the servants. He is the Father and we are […]

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In Elie Wiesel’s autobiography he wrote about an experience when he was a prisoner in Auschwitz.   Three young Jewish men were hanged alongside of one another. One by one – inmates were forced to parade past. The two adult men were dead, but the child right in the middle of them was so light that […]

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Remind Yourself to Just Breathe

What is stressing you out? How do you deal with stress? What do the scriptures say? Have you ever—had to ‘Remind’ your self—just to ‘breathe’? Maybe sounds strange or silly—but has anyone ever just told you—”Now, just take a deep breath” as they tried to calm you down? Stress—it’s part of the human condition— it […]

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