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March 14, 2018

Food, Fish, and Cross-cultural Friendship: When the Beloved Community Came to Us

Food, Fish, and Cross-cultural Friendship: When the Beloved Community Came to Us

…The words were not in English, but that didn’t matter. Some people stood, some people sat, some people clapped, and some people danced. So we didn’t quite know what to do with ourselves. This wasn’t the calm, orderly, straightforward worship we were used to, but that was why we went. We got to worship God in a different language, in a different style, and with a different culture. And it was exciting…

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January 28, 2018

How will you be remembered? As the bad Scrooge or the good Scrooge

How will you be remembered? As the bad Scrooge or the good Scrooge

If there is one Christmas movie that stands out as a classic for the ages, maybe it’s the one that has been repeated and adapted more than any other: the Charles Dickens book A Christmas Carol. There seems to be a new version of it every few years. Black & white, color, animated, live-action, singing, no singing, Muppets, and Mickey Mouse. (Those last two are my favorites.) Charles Dickens must have really connected with something deep inside people for that story to continue being told and adapted into so many new versions decade after decade. Maybe it’s lasted so long because Scrooge’s transformation in the story is so heartfelt: from a greedy miser who takes as much as he can, to a merry friend who gives as much he can. Or maybe it just inspires us, because it shows a hurting world–a hurting family with a hurting boy (Tiny Tim)–but it also shows that one person can make a difference, if their heart is in the right place…

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January 24, 2018

God’s Working through You Even When you Don’t See It

God's Working through You Even When you Don't See It

Like the old saying goes, “hindsight is 20/20.” It’s easy to see how one thing leads to another when you’re looking back. But as you’re going through it, we usually have to walk by faith and not by sight–certainly not 20/20 vision sight. So it’s remarkable to look back on years of happenings and experiences, and be able to trace an amazing connection from one to the other that led to more and more unexpected blessings. Like a series of fortunate events you didn’t even know was happening. All we can do is take things day-by-day and try to live our best…

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June 12, 2017

You Might Not See the End, but God Will Lead You Step by Step

You Might Not See the End, but God Will Lead You Step by Step

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have every week of the rest of my life planned out. (I’m lucky if I can remember what’s coming next week!) Some people seem to be able to peer all the way into their future, though, and it makes me jealous. I’ve known many folks who were confident of God’s specific calling on them forever, or always knew what job they would have when they grew up and have continued full steam ahead in their successful career path. I don’t know how they got that inside scoop, or if they made the plans all themselves, but God never laid out to me the full track of my life, with all its twists and turns. What I did feel God showing me was which step to take next, and then providing assurance when I stepped in a good direction.

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April 8, 2017

How to Get People to Listen to You

How to Get People to Listen to You

As much as we’d like to shout out the cold hard “truth” and tell mean people how terrible they are, we have to ask ourselves, “Do I want to improve things, or just yell my angry guts out for spite?” (Sure, sometimes you just want to choose the second option.) But let’s say we do want to help our friend, family member, spouse, whoever understand better. Here’s what we do…

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February 23, 2017

Word from the Pastor – A Wake-Up Song

A few months ago I was fascinated to learn the history of the Doxology that we–and churches around the world–sing in worship every Sunday. I had always assumed that the words and lyrics were ancient, coming from the earliest centuries of the Christian church. But not so. Actually, they were published in 1709 by Thomas […]

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January 11, 2017

Huddle Up

Huddle Up

If churches were football teams, the congregation would be the players, and the huddle would be regular in-church activities like weekly Sunday worship. (I guess that makes Jesus the coach, God the general manager, and the Holy Spirit the quarterback? Or something like that.) I was reminded how important that Sunday huddle is this week since… we couldn’t have worship because of snow and ice! No worship, no huddle. So I’ve been figuring out how to be my best self all week on the fly. Football teams can speed up their play if the clock’s ticking by skipping the huddle, but you only do that if necessary. You play better when you huddle and prepare.

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October 12, 2016

Word from the Pastor – Report Card Time

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to get the first report cards of the school year. At church before the school year began, we collected school supplies and promoted the kids in Sunday School. For the kids in my house, we finished up summer homework with one >:-{ and prepared for Kindergarten with the other 8-O.

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October 12, 2016

Are Church Kids Not as Nice?

Are Church Kids Not as Nice?

I was troubled to learn about a survey study in 2015 showing that “kids raised in religious homes were less generous and kind than those raised in non-religious homes.” They “tended to be more judgmental, less altruistic, and more punitive than kids raised without religion.” Yikes!

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July 26, 2016

Word from the Pastor – Life’s Changing Seasons

I remember how lovely the weather was back in May. Spring was in full swing as the flowers bloomed and the grass grew. It would’ve been nice if the weather stayed that perfect forever, but we know that it doesn’t. The grueling heat of summer is now upon us. I start sweating just thinking about it. But thankfully, the seasons change…

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