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I love to listen to the 23rd Psalm. It is so soothing. Images of a tranquil stream, sheep leisurely grazing under the careful, watchful eye of the shepherd.

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Ask Americans if they believe in God and most will say yes. But a growing number have lost faith in organized religion.

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It’s a common phrase that we hear from time to time, but I’m not so sure we think of it in relation to people.

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Traditionally, the Sunday after Easter features the story from John’s Gospel of the disciples gathered in the upper room on the evening of the day of resurrection.

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“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives” is the introduction to a well known TV soap opera.

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There are so many reasons that spring is such a wonderful time of the year — especially after the unforeseen year that we have just been through along with the long cold, dark and snowy winter.

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When spring bursts forth in all its colorful glory, Easter cannot be far behind. Easter and each of the Christian seasons have their rich set of colors, each beautiful and laden with meaning.

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“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ’It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30)

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I’m bored. This seems to be the cry of our day. We want things done for us. We want to be entertained. We want it done now. If it doesn’t satisfy, then it’s boring and not worth the time or effort. What we find is that life then disappoints us if it doesn’t meet our expectations.

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This statement is so uncharacteristic of Jesus. It is rare through the entire New Testament that Jesus calls attention to His personal desires, wants or needs.

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Ask most folks who are looking for a church to attend what they are looking for and they will likely offer any number of things, such as a good worship service, good Bible studies and effective children and/or youth program in place.

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As the attention of many in our land turn this day to the Celebration of St. Patrick of Ireland, we are reminded that it is not Patrick to whom we look for strength and comfort.

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This past Sunday, the assigned Gospel reading (for those congregations that follow a lectionary) included the text from John 3:16. Just the sight of that text notation gets our mind going, doesn’t it?

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Death is a subject that many folks don’t like to talk about. We use words like “morbid,” “dark” and “gloomy” to describe death, but the truth is, death has been a part of living ever since the beginning of time.

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The devotional scripture I had for today was taken from Matthew 7:24-25: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell and floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall becau…

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I was a scrawny kid growing up with bony knees and bad teeth and lacked terribly in having any kind of self-confidence. We lived in the front section of a duplex in the heart of downtown Springfield.

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It has been just over a year since I moved to Romney and, at the time of writing this, just under a year since I was scheduled to deliver a devotional at the Ministerial Association’s Lenten Lunch on this very passage, “Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I c…

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Covid will not likely be eradicated anytime real soon. I’m convinced its tentacles have stretched too far and wide for it to go away as quickly as it came.

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The ability to make and understand puns is, without the slightest doubt, the highest level of language development.

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For many, Lent is primarily about denying oneself. We say we will give up chocolate, or some activity we enjoy. In this time of self denial and a time of introspection, it’s appropriate to examine closely part of Sunday’s Gospel Lesson, which is taken from Mark 8: 31-38.

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The year 2020 will go down in history as leaving countless numbers of victims in its path.

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And about the 9th hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46, NKJV)

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“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Galatians 6:10 [NIV]

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With the arrival of the 1st significant snowfall, a blanket of white covered the area. It’s incredible how something so simple and so fragile changes the landscape so dramatically.

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It’s difficult to grasp how the years go by so quickly but even more so, how they just keep adding up. Feb. 11 was always a memorable day when I was growing up because it was my mother’s birthday. Being the youngest of 16 children, my mother was well upward of 40 years old by the time I came…

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You were a mess, are a mess or are 1 dumb decision away from becoming a mess. This is the reality of the human condition. If you have ever worked with people, raised a kid or took an honest look at yourself, you know this to be true.

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I read a news article last week about a high school student who was suing her school because they made her read “Of Mice and Men” and it made her uncomfortable.

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God has a purpose for the church. COVID may have stopped the advancement of the church but it hasn’t stopped its purpose. Church leaders have been trying to figure ways to keep the church moving forward however, if we pretend the virus hasn’t affected the momentum of the church we are only k…

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This last Sunday in January has us looking at Mark’s record of Jesus’ early ministry as recorded in Mark 1. That Mark passage records the “Exorcism at Capernaum,” as it is sometimes referred to.

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The events that took place Jan. 6 at our nation’s Capitol are reprehensible. As followers of Jesus, we can describe what took place in no other way than “Anti-Christ.”

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