THE CURE FOR LONELINESS

I love taking time during Advent to look at the bond between Mary and Elizabeth. Both women were pregnant for the first time under such unusual circumstances. They must have had a mix of emotions including fear, excitement and loneliness.  The Christmas season can have such a heightened sense of loneliness for all of us. […]

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THIS MIGHT SCARE YOU…

Fear is something we all experience whether it is fears about our finances, relationships or health. We have fears about death – the death of a loved one, our own death, we have fears about the crazy world we live in with such terrorism and hatred and hardness.  If we’re not careful we can live […]

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LOVING OTHERS IN DEED 

Even though the early church had witnessed, firsthand, the works of Jesus, they still weren’t free from problems. John wrote to the early church reminding them that they were blessed, saying, “If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in […]

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BETTER OR BITTER?

“Do you have the courage and the strength it takes to be happy?” –Author, Don McCullough Did you ever consider that it might take courage and strength to be happy? This quote goes on to say, “It is far easier to be angry, it is far easier to slip down into hate and to become […]

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THE NARROW PATH

You’ve probably heard the phrase that following Christ is like taking a narrow path, but what does it mean for us to follow Christ on the narrow road? Let’s look at three ideas. First of all, when you and I follow Christ on the narrow way, we commit to grow spiritually and consistently seek God’s […]

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learning from the early church

It’s interesting to look back at the early church to see how they overcame their struggles and differences. The church was experiencing tremendous growth and this meant they had to get organized. They would make a decision about what it means to be a caring community of faith. In Acts 6:1-6, we see the people […]

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When anger holds us down

The Bible gives us the story of Elijah who had been in such high standing with God. He was God’s man, God’s prophet and had the support of all the people. You can read the full story in 1 Kings 19:9-13. Suddenly, things changed and Elijah was feeling deserted and disrespected. His feelings were hurt […]

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WHY GIVE?

There is one phrase in the Bible in which we learn so much about the nature of God and the nature of people: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever should believe in him should not perish but have eternal life.” “For God so loved … that […]

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PROCEED WITH CAUTION OR GO FOR IT?

Before ascending into Heaven, Jesus gathered his disciples in Jerusalem to send them out on a great mission. I like to imagine what it would have been like to receive this message and I seriously doubt he would have told them, “Here is your great calling, be careful out there!” No, I think it’s more […]

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How will you spend your days?

As we prepare to go into fall, I’m reminded how fast the time flies between now and December, so I’d like to take just a moment to think about how we spend our time. There are three ideas I want to share with you to get you thinking about how you choose to spend your […]

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