True Sacrifice

A week or so ago I saw a commenter take one of my Facebook friend to task for using the word “Sacrament.” That word is a theological word that is used across all Christian denominations to mean ways that God brings grace to an individual’s life. Catholic hold there to be 7 official sacraments: Baptism, […]

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David’s Mighty Men

David’s son Solomon, years after his father had died, writes these words in Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Whether he learned this by watching his father…or was simply expressing this out of his own experience…probably a combination of both. There […]

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Dancing in God’s Presence

Back in July, David Johnston, Canada’s governor general, raised some issues when he breached protocol with the Queen of England. They were descending the stairs, and he knew the carpet was a bit plush and possibly unstable, so he reached out his hand and placed it on the Queen’s elbow to help steady her, but […]

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Dealing with our enemies

I saw a Facebook meme the other day…it might have been one of you who posted it, but there are so many of those things it is impossible to keep track. It said, People hate you for one of three reasons.  They hate themselves, they want to be you, or they see you as a […]

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Seeing God’s Reality

The story of David and Goliath is probably the best known Bible story of all time. There might be some discussion about some of the stories about Jesus, but when we think about Bible stories within our secular culture this story is the top one or at least top two. People know this story. We […]

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What does God see in me?

As much as things have changed in our society with more women, minorities, and young, hipster-style tech leaders moving into top positions at companies…we also haven’t changed. There seems to be something hardwired into us that looks to the outward appearance of someone, and decides what kind of person they are. And we, as Americans, […]

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Fear, Anxiety, and Worry

This morning we are talking about fear, anxiety, and worry.  So, I asked Billy to set up this microphone because I’m going to have us form a line, and I want you to walk across the stage, and tell us what your biggest fear is… Ok, I’m kidding. You can stop your glossophobia…the fear of […]

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Busyness and Stress

In 1899, Thorstein Vebler wrote a book called, The Theory of the the Leisure Class. In it he stated that the richer one gets the more likely they were to work less and show off one’s leisure time…Things have changed, and man, have they changed! One of the Grinches that can steal our Christmas…in fact, […]

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Loneliness

Got all the company I need right here Clip When we think of loneliness we often think of people like the Grinch…angry, hurt, and wanting to be left alone…but that isn’t necessarily the case. In the United States…25 percent, or 27.2 million of U.S. households consisted of just one person…now, that doesn’t necessarily mean they […]

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Greed

Grinch Clip.. “Do you know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me…in your garbage.”… The Whos of Whoville, while being very much about Christmas…had kind of lost sight of some important things…it had become a bigger and better and more than sort of thing…they had all this stuff and yet they bought […]

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