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Resurrected Spring

This frenzy of seasonal renewal also signals another yearly celebration, the event called, Easter. T

Spring is in the air, so the saying goes. Somehow the subfreezing temperature doesn’t match the cliché during this first week of spring 2018. Yet I heard spring birds chirping early this morning and saw the perennials thrusting green through the crusted soil in the garden. This frenzy of seasonal renewal also signals another yearly celebration, the event calle...

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Read Your Bible

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A single sentence once changed my life. Words have power. Words formed into sentences are the building blocks of communication. Concise, clear captivating words combine to form ideas that change history. Personal and global direction pivots on words well composed. Jesus described as the “Word became flesh” opens multiple dimensions of meaning and possibility. ...

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The First Christmas Song

The First Christmas Song

Music fills the air at Christmas. Concert venues swell to capacity every December. Songs express the emotion of the heart. There was a special number that made it's debut on the first Christmas night. I'd like to consider the audience, the singers, the song and the response as a yuletide thought.   The Audience Now there were in the same country shepherds living ou...

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Thoughts on Thankfulness


Tis the season to be grateful! And there's even a day to be thankful. So maybe a brief look at a thank-filled Psalm will quicken the pulse of your response to the Lord. Psalm 107 was written after the exiled began to return to their homeland, which explains the opening salvo of geographic praise. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures f...

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Endless rain seems to punctuate the headline for this day called dreary. In writing a blog from this vantage point, one word catapulted from my thoughts: hope. Maybe you are in a season of gloom highlighted by dreariness. Maybe this word needs to be catapulted into your soul. One of the ongoing futile expeditions of many in their search for hope is looking in the wron...

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A Church Is...

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What makes a church, a church? How can it be defined? Many people compose an answer from their memories and experiences of churches from their past. Or they are distilled from the snippets of stories collected over a lifetime. Since the church is God's idea, the best source for understanding is the Bible.   This fall, our sermon series is from the letter that Paul ...

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The Bible Lived


Where will you build your house? - Matthew 7:24...

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