The Mystery of the Source

As Max Plank accepted the Nobel Prize in physics, he said, “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you from my research, this much — there is no matter, as such. All matter originates, and exists, only by virtue […]

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Countdown to Christmas

Every night on my way home I drive past a billboard with a countdown of the days left before Christmas. For some, it’s a reminder that cards need to be mailed, baking needs to be done, and presents need to be wrapped. For others, it’s a reminder of what was — but won’t be ever […]

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A shoot growing out of a stump

Picture this: a tree gets chopped down to a stump, and a little shoot starts growing out of it. What a strange image for the coming Messiah. Most people view a little shoot growing out of a stump as an unwanted eyesore. They’re named suckers. The internet has all kinds of remedies — how to […]

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A fire-and-brimstone pastor was invited to preach at a neighboring church. His sermon started like this, “Everybody in this parish is going to die.” A man in the front pew had a huge grin on his face. “Why are you so amused?” the pastor asked. “I’m not from this parish, I’m just visiting my sister […]

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Sloth … “Nearer, My Couch, to Thee”

Sloth … of all the deadly sins, sloth is the one we don’t talk much about. I’m thinking we should be singing “Nearer, My Couch, to Thee.” Cute, furry, sleeping 15-18 hours a day. Bothered by nothing. Tuned in to nothing. Just lying around, taking naps. So, is laziness really a sin? Of all the […]

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A message of hope for those whose lives suck

The Beatitudes could have just as easily been called “A Message of Hope for Those Whose Lives Suck.” And Luke takes it one step further then Matthew by adding a whole section condemning those few in his audience who have it good in this life, but are indifferent to the plight of their neighbors. [So, […]

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Life is full of losses — and wins

I have to confess — I’m a Minnesota Twins fan — have been since I was 7. In ’87 and ’91 they won the World Series! But last year they had more losses than any team in baseball. It’s been a painful year for me. I actually just gave up on them. Life is filled […]

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What makes you angry?

So what makes you angry? Jot some things down. Slow drivers, fast drivers, being cut off, long lines, slow service, waiting on hold, not getting your way, not being recognized, Republicans, Democrats, being corrected, not being thanked, not being respected? What is it that makes you angry? (Jot some things down) There’s a story in […]

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God isn’t kidding, we are the plan!

Friends in Christ! There is no Plan B. We’re it! We are God’s best plan to love, bless, and save this world. There is no plan B! This portion of the Gospel of John is often called “The Priestly Prayer.” Jesus is minutes away from the events that would lead to the crucifixion. In the […]

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Only one piece of the whole picture

A couple weeks ago, my 3½ year old grandson, James, and I put a puzzle together. He loves putting puzzles together. He was so excited, but when we finished, we found we were one piece short! The missing piece kept the whole from being, well, whole! It just wasn’t complete, not what it could be, […]

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