The \"Problem\" with God?
on January 24th, 2022
“The "Problem" With God?”I don’t know.  Not sure I would have had the courage to put that in print, but Philip Yancey put it out there in front of God and everybody.  He suggests that there is a potential “'problem' with God.”  Here is a quote from Yancy:“The only thing more difficult than having a relationship with an invisible God is having no such relationship.”Philip Yancey. “Reaching for the ...  Read More
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Full Speed Ahead
on January 24th, 2022
“. . . full speed ahead . . . !”So, here we are again, COVID 2, I suppose you could call it that.  Or maybe COVID 3 or 4 . . . forgive me if I seem to have lost track.  Interestingly, we now seem less interested in where this mysterious virus originated than in when this mysterious virus will behave itself and go back to wherever it originated!  Honestly, I am tired of COVID “number” whatever!That...  Read More
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Grace - The Art of Becoming
on January 24th, 2022
“Grace – The Art of Becoming”Lately, in my morning prayers and thoughts, I have been further exploring this beautiful ,and too often diminished word, GRACE.  Grace is the unmerited favor of God for the world in which we live (John3:16).  With the following chorus to her hymn “Grace Greater Than Our Sin,” Julie Johnston places grace at the heart of our faith:Grace, grace, God’s grace,Grace that wil...  Read More
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And So it Begins
on January 24th, 2022
“2022 - And so it Begins . . . “2022 is here . . . perhaps before we are really prepared for it! Not to fear . . . I have a feeling that things will not change all that much as we turn the pages of the calendar.  Our feeble efforts to manage our lives by dividing time into decades, years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds – and if one is a competitor, split seconds - is really artificia...  Read More
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A Song For Christmas
on December 24th, 2021
“A Song for Christmas”Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Sing this Christmas morn.Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Christ the Lord is born.Singing on the journey . . .Pastor J K...  Read More
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Be Born In Us today
on December 24th, 2021
“Be Born in Us Today!”“If Christianity was something we were making up,  of course we could make it easier.”C. S. Lewis was, I think, on to something with that comment.  Hardly any of us would have thought to make the message of Christ so complicated and challenging:  a virgin birth, of all things; angels singing to, of all people, lowly shepherds;  strangers traveling so many miles over such roug...  Read More
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Home For Christmas
on December 20th, 2021
“I'm dreaming tonightOf a place I likeEven more than I usually doAnd though I know it's a long way backI promise you...I'll be home for ChristmasYou can plan on mePlease have snow and mistletoeAnd presents on the treeChristmas Eve will find meWhere the love light gleamsI'll be home for ChristmasIf only in my dreams”“I’ll be home for Christmas . . . .”  It was something of a promise from a soldier ...  Read More
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Home For Christmas
on December 16th, 2021
“Home For Christmas”“I'm dreaming tonightOf a place I likeEven more than I usually doAnd though I know it's a long way backI promise you...I'll be home for ChristmasYou can plan on mePlease have snow and mistletoeAnd presents on the treeChristmas Eve will find meWhere the love light gleamsI'll be home for ChristmasIf only in my dreams”“I’ll be home for Christmas . . . .”  It was something of a pro...  Read More
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Centered and Splintered
on December 1st, 2021
This from Eugene Peterson:“Worship is a meeting at the center so that our lives are centered in God and not lived eccentrically. We worship so that we live in response to and from this center, the living God. Failure to worship consigns us to a life of spasms and jerks, at the mercy of every advertisement, every seduction, every siren. Without worship we live manipulated and manipulating lives. We...  Read More
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Along the Way... Part 1
on May 6th, 2021
“Along the way . . .”That’s what she said.  Actually, she said, “Along the way, I began to love . . . .”  We’re just beginning to get to know one another.  Actually, I am just beginning to get acquainted with her.  I am reading her book, “The Ministry of Ordinary Places.”  Her name is Shannan Martin.  I feel pretty ordinary, myself, and feel like I live in a pretty ordinary place, so the title gra...  Read More
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The Discipline of Waiting
on May 6th, 2021
“The Discipline of Waiting”The promise . . . that’s really all they had.  Of course, then the resurrection.  There is that!  The promise was given in John 14:16,17:  “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that he may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth . . . .”  A promise.  The promise.  In John 20:22, Jesus “. . . breathed on them . . .  and said, ‘Receive the H...  Read More
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Absence Makes...
on May 6th, 2021
“Absence makes . . . ““Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” we say.  Really?  Where did that come from?  With just a little research I discovered that it was first noted in 1602 in a less direct way.  But, “. . . many believe that it was Thomas Haynes Bayly who brought the notion to life in his poem titled Isle of Beauty which appeared in his two-volume work Songs, Ballads, and Other Poems in 184...  Read More
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