Pastor’s Letters

Did you know?

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Who knew what and when did they know it? This question, with all its subsets of questions, is often part of investigations into some kind of inappropriate conduct. Did you know …? This kind of question is a lead in to both gossiping and instructing. It can also be about our spiritual growth. We are…

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Joy In The Darkness

Isn’t it great that important people are born on holidays? I wonder how their mothers managed that? Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Columbus Day – all celebrate birthdays on a day when we have holidays. NOT. (Only MLK Day celebrates one person’s birthday.) Of course, we know that when a child is…

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Thanksgiving

There is a reason why a day of Thanksgiving is celebrated late in the fall. In Canada it is celebrated in October. In the USA, it is celebrated in November. For both countries it is related to the harvest season. Once the harvest is in, it is appropriate to celebrate the harvest itself. Some years…

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Secrets

By the end of October, we will be celebrating Halloween. Costumes and masks are a part of those celebrations. It is all in fun. There are other times when costumes and masks are not about fun. In the age of Internet communications, it seems like we assume anonymity, as if no one will know who…

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Finding One’s Place

In Sweetwater, Texas each year there is an event called The Rattlesnake Roundup. People go out to the countryside to capture all the rattlesnakes they can find. Like any kind of event like this, there are some strange categories for prizes. However, besides reducing the population of these poisonous snakes, they also milk the venom…

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What’s on your mind?

Preachers often preach “fire and brimstone” sermons. The most famous sermon of the First Great Awakening in America was entitled“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The Second Great Awakening made frequent use of the mourners’ bench where “sinners” in need of repentance were placed just below the preacher’s podium and they were supposed to…

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