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Jesus' Final Wish was...LOVE

  Have you ever had a "near death experience"?  I am not talking about the times when you would say...I just saw my life flash before my eyes!  I am talking about a time when you saw there maybe only one path...death. Looking back at it, I can obviously see I didn't die (as I am still alive...at least while I am writing this very word...). But, when I went through this situation, I didn't know. Last summer my family and I traveled to Michigan for...

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Hope even for the Hopeless

  Have you ever lost hope?  Most of you probably will know this passage by heart, once I start it: We know that in all things God....works for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28).  Were you able to finish the passage on your own? Perhaps you feel it is an overly used passage.  Perhaps that is true, but that does not take away its power.  I am sure this passage has been used in countless counseling sessions.  And, I am sure many who have...

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Seeing with Eyes of Faith

  How is your vision?  Do you have 20/20?  No, I am not going to check.  No, I am not going to play that nagging person in your life who is here to remind you... "You need to go to the doctor!!!" We were reading a devotion to our children the other day and a question was asked, "Do you like your ability to see or hear more?" Knowing how loud it can get in our house or in our cars or at the store or...just about anywhere we are with our...

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A Letter

  Dear New Self, How could you?! I feel like you have betrayed me! We used to be friends. We used to hang out.  We used to enjoy one another.  How could you have changed so much!? I was always there for you.  Don't you remember all the fun we used to have together?! Remember when we did those fun things together and you didn't feel so guilty?  Don't you want to go back to that?  Wouldn't it be so much better to do what you want,...

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Power in a Whisper

Have you ever asked God for a grand gesture?  "God, I will trust in you IF..."  "God, I will believe in you IF..."  "God I will follow you IF..." You are not alone.  Even some of the "heroes" of faith wanted proof from God.  I think of the story of Elijah.  God had already showed him his Grand Gesture...remember the show down with the false prophets of Baal and how God sent fire from heaven to destroy the...

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Don't Worry! God's Got Ya!

Growing up, I was naive to think it would go away...or at least get better.  I told myself it would get better if I ever struggled. My parents must have had it so much easier.  They didn't have school work and the pressure to get good grades.  They didn't have the added pressure of being good at a sport or trying to have friends and be cool.  I tried to fool myself to think it would all get better. Now that I am so much wiser (well, at least so much...

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No Longer Enemies but Forgiven!

  I was sitting in chapel the other day, as I usually do on Wednesday morning.  We were praying the Lord's Prayer together.  As we were praying on this specific day, there was one line which made me think...  "Forgive us our sins AS we forgive those who sin against us."  I attended Catechism class as a child.  I teach Catechism now.  I understand what is being said. With these words, Jesus tells us we are forgiven.  Knowing we are...

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God's Valentine to You

Many people in the world today are sharing cards and chocolates, teddy bears and balloons with their loved ones.  If you haven’t done anything yet because you forgot, hopefully you are reading this early enough so you can go out and get something, avoiding the potential fate of sleeping on the couch. Well, God has a Valentine for you too! A few weeks ago I remember what happened at worship.  We had His Way band here to lead the song portion of the service.  We...

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Jesus' Promises Already Fulfilled

  I know I usually write blogs on Fridays, but there was a thought I had while studying for my sermon I wanted to write about.  For many of you, you may know that very soon we are going to be in Lent.  During this solemn time we think of our sin and what our sin has done and what Jesus needed to do because of that sin. But before that, we have what is known as Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36).  In this story, Jesus took Peter, James...

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God's “No” Can Be a Great Thing

  Have you ever had plans for your life and God said, "No"? I thought I had my life all planned out.  My grades helped me to get a scholarship to a college where I was going to learn how to be a powerful business man. I took all the right classes and was getting all the right grades.  Just a few more years and I will find myself a very good paying job, start a family, and live the good life! And God said, "No!" Before I finished my first year...

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