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Get Your Fellowship On

What do you think of when you think of fellowship? What images come to mind? Do you see the table full of food that seems to magically appear when the word potluck is spoken? Do you see groups of folks from your church family chatting and laughing before and after church? Do you think about…

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Who Gets the Credit?

Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the U.S., once said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” This is a very thought-provoking quote because it highlights our need for recognition. Naturally, we all like to receive accolades for the things that we do. We like…

Perspective

Between mainstream and social media, it’s easy in our connected world to feel pretty hopeless and helpless about the state of humanity. There is so much anger and hate. So much angst and division.  Sometimes a bit of perspective – a step away – is the order of the day. I’m writing this in the…

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Cast All Your Cares to God

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  – 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” – Psalm 55:22 In 1972, singer Bill Withers released his Billboard-topping, hit single “Lean On Me”. The song has an inspiring…

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World Communion Sunday

For this blog entry, I’d like to look at the topic of Christian unity. October 2nd … World Communion Sunday. A day described by the National Council of Churches as a time to “promote Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation” among Christian churches worldwide. At the center of World Communion Sunday is the observance of the…

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A Fresh Start: God’s Forgiveness of Sin

There was an interesting article last month about a 31-year old Russian man, named Valery Spiridonov, who will be the first head transplant patient in medical history. What’s especially interesting about this case, aside from making medical history, is the reason for Mr. Spiridonov’s decision to undergo this risky operation. He suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann’s disease,…

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Taking Things for Granted

There’s a company called Oliver’s Travels that offers luxury wedding packages in the southern area of France. As part of their services, the company even guarantees a sunny day. For the “small” price of $150,000, Oliver’s Travels will fly planes near the wedding venue and spray silver iodide into the clouds, scattering them and drastically…

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

There’s an old saying in the field of computer programming, “garbage in, garbage out.” This phrase is used to express the idea that input directly affects the quality of the output. What makes this saying particularly useful is its universal application as a general life principle. What we put in determines what we get out.…

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Faith in Action

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” As Christians, we know our faith in Christ defines who we are…