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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Truth or Consequences

These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace. (Zechariah 8:16). The political season is upon us. Just as the Christmas shopping season has evolved from a few weeks in December to a few months starting around Labor Day; so has the political season evolved. Once upon a time we heard from would-be future Presidents of the United […]

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Healers

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20) A tribute to the dedicated men and women who serve on the floors of hospitals. Most of my previous experience with hospitals has been as the patient, the pastor or a relative or friend visiting someone in a hospital. I either received the care or got out of the way so others could provide it. […]

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