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April 2018

God is Greater Than Our Heart

Ever since we’ve set the date for this weekend being the installation of our new Christian Life Pastor, I’ve had tucked in my mind these words from 1 John 3.  Jotting down thoughts on sticky notes and my phone.  As I looked at the word, “Greater”, I gave myself the assignment to observe comparisons of everyday life.  Try doing that – it’s crazy.  My wife sends me on an emergency grocery trip to Sentry for Sweetened Condensed Milk.  Do...

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Your Good Shepherd Is With You

The Lord is my Shepherd.  I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside quiet waters.  He restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valleys (even the valley of the shadow of death), I will fear no evil.  For you are with me.  Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You...

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The So What of Easter

You might not have known that this March approximately 90 million chocolate bunnies were sold, and 16 billion jelly beans were made.  Eighty-eight percent of American families bought candy for Easter baskets, and 146 million pounds of candy was purchased this year at an estimate of over $2 billion. That’s about the same amount of candy that Americans purchase at Halloween. But at some point – maybe a week after Easter, maybe two weeks – the candy is gone. The 700...

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Peace Be With You

You’re on your way to church with your family this morning, and it’s clear that more than one of you got up on the wrong side of the bed. Though the kids are hardly awake, they’re still at each other’s throats. You’re running a little late, so you hope to be able to snag a close parking spot in the upper lot. But to no avail. After circling the upper lot, you must park on the far side of the lower lot. As you are trying to get your family to quickly shuffle through...

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A Ransom for Many

Over the past two weeks, these items have been posted to refrigerators or tucked in desk drawers across the country.  March Madness, the Road to the Final Four, once again has embraced the country.  My family maybe left a curling iron in a hotel over spring break, but my son made sure that he had the family brackets.  The American Gaming Association estimates that 70 million brackets were filled out across the country.  Statistically speaking, that means that around 600 of...

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June 5, 2002 was a strange day for me. It was the day of my grandpa’s funeral. My grandpa died on Saturday morning, and the funeral was the following Wednesday. He was 83 years old, and his kidneys had failed. After years of dialyses, it was time for him to go to his heavenly home. In the weeks leading up to his death and even the first few days after, there weren’t many tears. It was a happy a thing. He was passing from this world of sin to Jesus’ side. Everyone was happy for...

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