How can we deal with our fears?

The first church I served as a pastor provided a house for the pastor’s family. It came with a full basement in which a nest of field mice had settled. When I started getting rid of the mice, my children objected. They knew only the cute mice of television and movies. I knew how often mice […]

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Tested by Storms

This rainy season we are learning about the integrity of our dams and levees. Most of us did not think about them much during the years of drought. Thankfully, some people did and continued to inspect and strengthen them when they were not stressed so they would hold when the storms came. Of course, there […]

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What does the Bible say about itself?

There are some wonderful passages in which the Bible seems to be talking about itself. Even passing over the fact that we do not have the original manuscripts of any part of the Bible, they have become beloved phrase. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 […]

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God’s Spirit Connects Us All

There are 7 billion 480 million people on our planet as I write this article. The number keeps rising rapidly. It is easy to feel lost in the crowd when we think of how many there are sharing this space. Does anybody see us as an individual? Does anybody care? Then again, when you are […]

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How can I get ready for the new year spiritually?

One of the first things we all need to do spiritually is to learn to love ourselves as we are. This is easier said than done, unfortunately. Perhaps we have been warned so often against becoming egotistical or narcissistic, that we think we are doing something wrong if we feel good about ourselves. Perhaps we […]

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First Things First

I don’t know if it happens to you, but toward the end of every year as we enter giving season, my mailbox is flooded with requests for help.  Then in wet and cold winters like this one, I become more acutely aware of how terrible it must be out in the wet and the cold […]

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