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SITTING AT THE LORD’S FEET AND LISTENING

We have all heard stories about Mary and Martha, and every time we hear it seems like we must decide whether we are more like Martha or Mary. Martha appears to always get a bad …

07 / 21 / 19

GIVING AND RECEIVING DIRECTIONS

Naomi grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Some of the roads in Muskegon tend to make turns and even circles, because they were built to coincide with the big lake …

07 / 15 / 19

WALKING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES

Years ago, I was introduced to the writings of Stephen Covey and the famous phrase: “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood”. In other words, listen emphatically to others, and do your best …

06 / 30 / 19

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME

In the movie, Field of Dreams, an Iowa corn farmer (Kevin Kostner), hears a voice and interprets it as being directed to build a baseball diamond in his corn field, and just as the voice …

06 / 23 / 19

PENTECOST IS THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH

Do you enjoy celebrating birthdays? Do you enjoy birthday parties? Birthday parties are intended to be joyful occasions. We celebrate birthdays for everything that is important to us, and pleasant times also includes weddings, graduations, …

06 / 09 / 19

THE MARK OF A CHRISTIAN IS LOVE

The mark of a Christian is love. In our gospel passage this morning Jesus parting words are: “I am going away but listen to my final words to you”. His message is kind of like …

05 / 19 / 19

Gone Fishing!

When you put the sign on the front door of your shop or home business door that says: Closed! Gone Fishing! You lock the door and throw the fishing tackle in the back of the …

05 / 12 / 19

The Eternal Now

The focus of Psalm 23 and gospel reading for today is the Good Shepherd. A shepherd tells his dog to go count the sheep…So the dog goes out, comes back a little later. Shepherd says: …

05 / 05 / 19

THE SMALL SPACE BETWEEN YOU AND GOD

When the Temple police brought out the apostles, they had them stand before  the council. The High Priest said to them: We gave you strict orders to shut up and not talk about this Jesus …

04 / 28 / 19

LIFE IS TO BE LIVED FORWARD, BUT IT IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD BACKWARDS

(Luke 24:1-12) The theologian Soren Kierkegaard said, “life is to be lived forward, but it is to be understood backwards”.  In order to understand the significance of Easter, we must look back to the first …

04 / 21 / 19