Mothers-in-law

Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. (Ruth 1:18) This passage is sometimes used at weddings, which is appropriate. But it has nothing to do with the love between marriage partners. It was the plea of daughter-in-law Ruth to her mother-in-law, Naomi. Naomi and her family had to migrate to another country because of a famine. While they […]

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No Place Is Home

If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. (Leviticus 24:35-36) Facebook recently had a story about a North Carolina congregation that has been hosting homeless sojourners for a year and a half with little awareness […]

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For All the Saints

It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant. (Matthew 20:26) All Saints Day is upon us once more.  Church bells will toll to honor those who have died since the previous All Saints Day. Some will have a chance to light candles in memory of loved ones no longer with us in the flesh. The church provides a list of saints of the faith who […]

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Friend-making vs. Fault-finding

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2) Our congregation gives us a chance to write out prayer requests and drop them in the offering plate. Later in the week these are distributed via e-mail and we are invited to pray for these petitions on our own. One couple in our congregation has the same petition every week: “World peace.” I think we all want world […]

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Casting Out Demons

That evening, at sundown, they brought to him (Jesus) all who were sick or possessed with demons.  . . . and he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; Mark 1:32 Demons come in all sizes and shapes. They are alive and well today. Many people suffer from them. We may call them by various names such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar afflictions, and any number of other mental health […]

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