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If it had not been the Lord

In our Gospel reading today, Jesus teaches us that those who are not against us are for us. John reports to Jesus that when they saw someone casting out demons in Jesus’s name, they tried to stop him because he wasn’t following Jesus. In response, Jesus tells his disciples, “Do not stop him; for no one […]

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coping skills health recovery

less than whole

By chance, do you feel less than whole this morning? Sometimes I feel inadequate and feel like I’m missing something. I would call this feeling one of feeling less than whole. Can’t remember who I was talking to, I think perhaps a student in my class, we talked about wholeness as a state we strive […]

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health PhD Life weight loss

reset

There’s no doubt in my mind that maintaining a healthy life style and healthy weight is extremely difficult. I was able to lose 50 lbs during 2020, during the lock-down and all. I went from 185 to 133 lbs. Then from January 2021 till now, mid-September, I gained back about 30 lbs. Isn’t losing weight […]

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christianity sermons theology

even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs

How have you been challenged in the past week to live as disciples of Jesus? Did you feel you needed more faith or more works? We tend to think of our faith as having a spiritual component, but we might not think of the material consequences of faith, which we characterize as works. James is […]

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Be doers of the word

When I was working as a chaplain, I washed my hands a lot, maybe twenty-thirty times a day? That’s just a rough estimate. Before visiting a patient or staff, and afterwards, I would “wash” my hands with the disinfectant. From those days, the practice of hand washing probably stayed with me. And now with the […]