“Do No Harm!”             “For you were called to freedom, brothers, and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” If, however, you bite and…

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“You are Never too Late!”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”  (Luke 23:42-43)   There was an earnest prayer of a mother, who would love to know about God, however, never had any…

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“Nevertheless, Thanks be to God!” “If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, and we will not worship…

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“Giving it Up is Not Giving it Up.”   “No one can serve two masters, for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:24) A few months ago, I had considerable trouble because of…

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Are You Lonely? 4 even though I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the…

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 The Wounded Healer 25 So the other disciples told him [Thomas], “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nail in his hands and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 27 Then he…

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Easter Morning “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who…

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Ash and Lent “By the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust, you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19) A few days ago, we discussed an Ash service and the Lent season at our Administrative Council meetings:…

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The Stewardship Month “As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.” (2 Corinthians 6:1) I encourage you to keep “the Stewardship Month,” in February. We often hesitate to talk about “stewardship.” We talk about “stewardship” to remind us that we are God’s people. God…

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It’s Okay. “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8, NIV) When the end of the year comes, we may feel that time ran too fast and regret what we didn’t achieve this year. Perhaps, many things come to mind: “I should have done it, but I…

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