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light of life

As we leave behind year 2020, which was filled with unexpected losses and hardships, will 2021 be a better year? Happier? Healthier? More peaceful? Dates give us guidance for marking passage of time. But they themselves do not have power to bring about different outcomes. If we expect year 2021 to be different from 2020, […]

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Restore us, O God

restore-us-o-god-20201129.m4a Today is the first Sunday of Advent. So what is Advent? (The following section on Advent was drawn from Christianity.com with slight modification – https://www.christianity.com/christian-life/christmas/what-is-advent.html) The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent […]

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choose this day whom you will serve

choose-this-day-whom-you-will-serve-20201108.m4a How are you doing this week? What range of emotions have you experienced this week? What were your biggest fears? And what, if anything gave you a sense of peace, hope, and kept you from going crazy? As I looked at passages for this week’s scripture passages, I thought, wow how timely and appropriate […]

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a lament for loss

Lord have mercy! What a year 2020 has been for each and every one of us! In addition to whatever individual joys and sorrows you have experienced this year, we are, as a nation, as a world, collectively experiencing a pandemic due to Coronavirus. As a nation, we have not dealt with the pandemic well. […]

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secret to getting unstuck with writing???

One helpful device for writing and organizing thoughts, for me at least, is to name top 3 things I want to say in each section. I do this when I write sermons, well, not always. But when I am stuck, I ask myself what is the top 3 things I want to communicate to church. […]