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Prepare the Way for the Lord...in Meditation

Psalm 119, the longest chapter of the Bible, is unique in that it’s a poem called an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem has each line start a succeeding letter of the alphabet. Psalm 119 has 22 stanzas (the same as the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet) and in each stanza, each verse starts with the same letter, from the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet to the last. So Psalm 119 is the A-Z psalm. Each stanza kind of like this poem about flowers. Viburnam are red Violets are...

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Gifted for More PRAISE

This is the time of year when we start looking forward to something pretty important; it’s the arrival of someone whom many consider to be pretty important, though not everyone does. It’s someone who brings a lot of joy to people’s lives, and has been doing that for quite some time. That ‘someone’ I’m talking about, of course, if Martina McBride. She’ll be giving a concert at the Resch Center in Green Bay this coming Thursday. Many people are looking...

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Thanksgiving: Three Thank-You's

Their “Thank-You” was to be overflowing obedience. It’s a long way from the Year of our Lord 2019 to 1406 BC. And it’s long way from Greenville, Wisconsin, to just east of the Dead Sea. But, of course, those places and those two years are really not that far away. Moses was 120 years old and after leading this nation out of Egypt and then guiding their wilderness travels for 40 years, he was ready to retire….to heaven. But he repeats God’s laws,...

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What Do You See?

What do you see? Have you seen this picture or ones like it? When you first look at it, you see one thing. But if you look a little closer, a little longer, you may see something completely different. So what did you see first, a rabbit or a duck? This particular image first appeared in a German humor magazine in 1892. But there are a million images just like it. How about this one: do you see an old man or a young woman? Do you see two faces or a small table? A picture of a skull, or a young...

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The Precious Promise of "Life"

Alex Trabek has been the host of the television game show Jeopardy since 1978. He’s hosted more than 8000 episodes since then. But I don’t think Alex has a day on the show like the one that aired this last Monday. This past Monday, the Final Jeopardy clue was, “In the title of a groundbreaking 1890 expose of poverty in New York City slums, these 3 words follow ‘How the.’” The correct response was, “What is ‘other half lives?’” But one...

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The Precious Promise of "More"

You might remember that it was about a year ago that wildfires destroyed the town of Paradise, California. Within just 8 hours, more than 13,000 homes were destroyed and 86 people died. Now a year has gone by, some of the town is rebuilt and some of the residents have come back, but many can’t; not because they’re unable, but because coming back to the place where they lost so much is too painful. Though not everyone can escape that pain. For many, whenever and wherever they smell...

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The Precious Promise of Freedom

It’s the time of year when we begin to notice a number of things we don’t typically see at other times during the year. We notice people walking through our neighborhoods dressed up as princesses and superheroes. We see cornfields turned into complex mazes. We see haunted houses filled with zombies, spiderwebs, and scary music. These unusual sights and experiences all show up every October, of course, because they are ways people use to commemorate the cultural phenomenon known as...

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When Duty Becomes Privilege

So how many of you like your job?  How many of you love your job? How many of you have parts of your job that you would really rather not do?  That’s probably the case for most people. But how would you feel about your job if your job was to clean up after the elephants in a zoo? (I’m not talking about picking up their toys!) There are people in our world and in our community who do jobs or tasks that just aren’t enjoyable:  from septic tank cleaners to sewer...

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Keeping Things in Perspective

INTRODUCTION: I’d like to take you back into the heart and mind of a pastor named Timothy. He lived long ago in the city of Ephesus. Ephesus was a wild port city, a hub where sailors, businessmen, and travelers gathered on their way East. It was a place far from home where sexuality was celebrated and no holds were barred. In Timothy’s day there were people who probably said, “What happens in Ephesus, stays in Ephesus.” Early on, Timothy had big plans for his church....

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Make An Impact - with Your Wealth

A while back, I saw a news story about a group of guys in New Zealand who broke into someone’s house. They waited patiently in their cars until the owner and his family went off to work and school for the day. Once they were gone, the guys broke in.  They started in the crawl space underneath the house but eventually made their way in through the kitchen and bathrooms. By the time they left, they had installed hidden cameras throughout the house so they could see what was going on...

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