Garbage and Gratitude

Last Tuesday night my wife asked me to take out the recyclables. This was actually quite gracious because taking out the recyclables already is my job. She could have just reminded me to do it instead of asking me to do it. The thing is, taking out the recyclables is one of my least favorite […]

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Learning to Pray from a Foreign Woman

Last Sunday’s Bible text and message (August 14, 2011) covered a very perplexing incident wherein Jesus first ignores someone who wants help and then tries to brush her off. The woman succeeds in persuading Jesus to do what she asks (free her daughter from a demon) and, in doing so, joins a long list of […]

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Why did Jesus rise up into the clouds?

Hey! I figured out (to my satisfaction) why Jesus ascended into the clouds. (Did I tell you this already?) It was out of love for his disciples! (surprise!) Jesus had already demonstrated that he could simply be wherever he wanted to be, so he could have simply gone to be with the Father. And we […]

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Contemplating Ash Wednesday

Today begins the season of Lent. The truth at the base of the universe is love. The core characteristic of the Christian is love. God is love. But love is not always easy or fun. True love runs deep through the currents of life, on the murky bottom as well as the glistening surface. True […]

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Prayer – an intimate relationship with God

In this message, which concludes the series on prayer, Pastor John connects prayer with the idea that the church is the bride of Christ. We have the ultimate call of love from God. Like any relationship, you can study about it, but you must also experience it and it develops over time in unforeseen ways. […]

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In this reading, some religious leaders are looking for a way to accuse Jesus. Knowing their thoughts, Jesus openly heals a man on the Sabbath right before their eyes. In doing this, Jesus illustrates again the proper place of rules an traditions in the life of a person of faith. Subscribe to get email notifications […]

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