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More Joy This Christmas

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Can you remember a moment when you were truly happy? It probably didn’t involve things you possessed or personal accomplishments. My guess is it had to do with people you love and harmonious relationships. Genuine happiness comes only when our connections with others we care about are sound and positive. Hearing an intriguing Christmas carol […]

More Peace This Christmas

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There are always people around who say, “Peace, peace!” when there is no peace. And there are always people around to believe them. We’d like any easy peace, the kind you don’t have to fight for. That familiar quote comes from two Old Testament books, Jeremiah (6:14, 8:11) and Ezekiel (13:10). They lived close to the same time, […]

Owning Our Issues

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I was half-listening to a conversation on a TV show: She: “Don’t go all ish on me.” He : “Wha?” She: “You know, like, with all your issues.” Ish – issues . . . I kind of like that. We all have issues; that is, things that really bother us out of proportion to their […]

Going Solo

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Going solo is tough. Pastor Connie has just had a second eye surgery, and her recuperation will take another couple of weeks, at least. We’re encouraging her to take it easy through the end of the year. Her first surgery was October 23, so I will have been on-the-job alone as pastor for most of […]

He Said, She Said

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Male privilege and entitlement have suffered a series of body blows over the past two months. We may never recover our advantage again. It began on October 5, when the New York Times published an allegation that movie producer Harvey Weinstein had molested a young actress. At first, Weinstein responded with denials and threats of […]

Just As I Am

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Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidst me come to thee; O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; because thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I […]

Our Shadows Taller Than Our Soul

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Though I played instruments, was involved in school and community bands and was even exposed to quite a bit of classical music, the popular music of the day was not an important part of my life in my younger years. The church community in which I was raised saw it as a worldly influence young […]

The Jumping Contest

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About the time Jeremiah was prophesying to the Israelites in Babylonian Captivity, a famous Greek wise man named Aesop was collecting all the fables he had heard used to teach children practical lessons about life. Through talking creatures in nature, as well as familiar events from everyday life, these story-lessons illustrated a truth in a […]

Weaving Your Spiritual Fabric

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Some items in the Old Testament Law express timeless moral principles, but others seem petty and arbitrary to us. In some Bible passages, they lay side-by-side. Here’s an example: You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. […]

Homecoming Then, Homecoming Now

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Some of us have been arguing about how long our annual Homecoming Sunday has been a tradition at ABC. As an obsessive researcher, I just had to find out. I rummaged through old records in the church basement until I discovered files of stored Messenger newsletters. My journey took me back through the years, by […]