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Christian Marriage

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Scripture: “For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” – John 13:15 When Kathy and I got married 30 years ago, the New Testament reading we chose was a (lengthy) selection from the 13th chapter of John. John 13, of course, is not about marriage. […]

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A Call to Worship and Love

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Scripture: “For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Galatians 5:14   When you hear the word worship, you may think about singing hymns or listening to a sermon. But what is worship? Worship is your identity and your activity. Romans 1:19-25 teaches us we […]

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Respond Well

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Scripture: “To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I […]

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Ready to Rejoice Upon Children’s Return Home 

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Scripture: “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who do not need to repent.” – Matthew 15: 7   There is no greater joy for me than seeing my children walk toward me after a long time […]

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Our Words Matter

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Scripture –  “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.… Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who […]

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According to His Purpose

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Scripture:  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28   Whether it is reality or simply just the way it feels, (non-pandemic) death and tragedy have plagued our community more so than “normal” recently.  We have […]

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What is Written on Your Heart?

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Scripture:  “Attention, Israel! God, our God! God the One and Only! Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love Him with all that’s in you, love Him with all you’ve got! Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. […]

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You Only Hurt the Ones You Love

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Scripture: “They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, ‘Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we […]

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Sunday Funday

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Scripture:  “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” – Colossians 3:16    We were running late for church. Again.    We manage to make it to work […]

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Lessons Through Strangers in Unexpected Places

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Scripture: “… But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13   Ten years ago, my husband and I traveled to Napa Valley, California to celebrate our 15th anniversary. We had spent months lining up an itinerary that surely would unfold into sweet memories. Bicycle rides to nearby wineries, rich-tasting food paired with deep […]

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