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The Heart of the Gospel

It matters how we treat each other.  Our behavior towards our friends and enemies alike is of great interest to our Heavenly Father.  God commands us to love one another and to show kindness and compassion even to those who call themselves our enemies.  Not an easy thing to do! I think most of us … [Read More...]

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Danger Ahead! Too Much Sand, Not Enough Rock

Do you ever find it difficult to sit still, put your body at rest and lift your heart and mind up to God in earnest prayer?  I know I do!  It seems our natural … [Read More...]

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Embracing Weakness

Is it ok to be weak?  And if so, is it ok if we are perceived as weak by those watching us?  It is something that has been on my mind lately and while I don't have … [Read More...]

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Vision and Perspective for the Year Ahead

Believe it or not, we have almost completed one full month in the new year.  One twelfth of the allotted time for this calendar year is nearly gone even though it feels like we just finished putting away the Christmas decorations.  The hours and days continue … [Read More...]

God’s Provision for a New Year

Last year is over.  A new year has begun.  While making New Year's Resolutions might be the popular thing to do, as God's people we are assured that we don't have to wait until a new year in order to turn over a new leaf.  God says "Today is the day of … [Read More...]

An Opportunity For Mercy

My family deals with a local business for goods and services a couple of times a year.  We've enjoyed a mutually beneficial arrangement for many years now and we've gotten to the point where we are on a first name basis with most of the staff.  This business … [Read More...]

The Imposition of Real Worship

Imposition is not a word with an especially nice meaning.  To impose one's self upon another is by definition to force an unwelcome or unfair demand upon that person.  In most all cases, when someone tells us that something was an "imposition" they are telling … [Read More...]

Preference or Unity?

The unity of the body of Christ and the way we come together to worship has been central in my thoughts this week.  We are each unique individuals with differences in temperament, personality, experiences, age and abilities yet we are all called to worship the … [Read More...]

A Gift Not A Given

I met a remarkable fellow this week.  In my job doing internet sales I come into contact with people from all over the world.  Mostly these are fleeting encounters that only take as long as a single phone call and are quickly forgotten.  This one man, however, … [Read More...]