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One of the lectionary readings from the Gospel this past summer sounds a bit harsh coming from Jesus – who talked about loving your neighbor, even your enemy, turning the other cheek, welcoming the Prodigal Son home, healing and comforting the afflicted.

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Many are familiar with the story that is recorded in Luke 16. It is the story of a rich man, who upon his death, learns that his life was a life of misdirected priorities.

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It was during 8th-grade algebra class that I first began to get confused about the questions that were being presented on tests.

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I’ve never been a big hockey fan. In fact I could probably be truthful in saying that I have never seen enough to total a half game if I combined all of my viewing experiences over time together.

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Forgetfulness is no joke. However, it does pay to have a good sense of humor and some patience when it comes to dealing with the common problem of forgetfulness.

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A few years ago I learned of a man who quit his job and moved his family to a remote camp in the Rocky Mountains.

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Everyone has heard the saying, “it’s too good to be true.” This saying suggests the idea that a particular piece of information is so amazing that it is unbelievable.

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Colin Kaepernick has got nothing over on our local high school football team. Actually, I guess one could say it’s a matter of opinion, but I personally think our boys kneel head and shoulders over Kaepernick.

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I write this column with much sympathy and concern and I hope it’s taken as such.

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Those of us old enough to remember the game of tag will remember when you got tagged, you were “It.”

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As hard as it is to believe, summer is over as far as the school system is concerned. And when the school system says it’s over, it’s officially over for everyone who has a son or daughter in school.

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“Been there, done that, got the T-shirt” – here is the story of the brief lifespan of an over-priced souvenir T-shirt.

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This week’s column is not about some brilliant new discovery or insight, but about a familiar truth that can be forgotten in times such as these.

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Most of us have heard the saying, “Rules were meant to be broken.”

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I was making a quick trip to the store recently and my wife asked me to pick up a dozen eggs while I was out.

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The name of this column is “Food for Thought” and that is what it’s meant to be.

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Many years ago, I started a personal preaching plan for my Sunday messages that has now evolved into an annual plan of a summer-long sermon series.

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Talk about fasting today and a large number of Christians are in the dark on the subject. And it’s really not their fault.

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A woman in a former appointment (United Methodist lingo for the church I was serving) brought a large bag of peaches to our door.

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Many folks reject the writings of the Old Testament, dismissing God as being harsh and unfair. In Deuteronomy 5:9-10 God is deemed by some to be narcissistic, admitting that He is a jealous God.

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NEW CREEK — Bring your lawn chair to enjoy the evening breeze and great gospel music by the stream at the Rolling Acres August Jubilee Aug. 7-10.

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Why am I Christian? I revisit this subject in my own life several times a year. ‘Oh heck,’ I ask myself this question daily.

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This Sunday we will gather as a Charge at the Ruritan Park near Capon Bridge. There we will have a worship service followed by a covered dish lunch with hamburgers provided by the Charge treasury.

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According to the Bible, the quote “vengeance is mine” belongs to the Lord. And, vengeance itself should actually belong to the Lord, as well.

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Having been in journalism for around 17 years or so I know how important it is to put the proper spin on a story or a quote.

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Are you facing a “storm of life” right now? By that I mean, are you facing some kind of crisis or unexpected tragedy? Are you losing hope?

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When is the last time you thought about everything that is going on when you come to worship?

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A good friend texted me a screenshot. It was the Facebook page of a mutual friend who died suddenly and very young, leaving behind a large community of stunned people grieving his loss.

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Whenever I am called upon to do a funeral service the topic quite often at some point, by someone, turns to the subject of cremation.

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My wife loves to listen, and even watch a good thunderstorm. Not those storms that threaten to take your house and leave you with nothing but a pile of rubble when it’s gone, but just a good thunderstorm.

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What does that really mean? After all, isn’t everyone who considers themselves a Christian, living a God-first life? Isn’t that just implied in being a Christian?

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It’s a book. It’s a game. He’s a character. He’s missing and you have to find him.

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In today’s gospel lesson, Luke 9: 51 -62, Christ tells His followers that it is costly to follow Him.

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His name is David. David's life is nothing noteworthy as noteworthiness is usually defined.