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When We Need Help The Most

One of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw Jesus, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So Jesus [...]

Peace With God In Troubled Times

A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up [...]

The Mustard Seed

Jesus also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and [...]

The Kingdom of God

Jesus also said, “The kingdom of heaven is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the [...]

Getting More

Mark 4:24-25 says, And Jesus said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have [...]

God’s Promises

One of the many reasons I love the Old Testament is that the people we meet there are real and faithful and also VERY human. We see folks who get it wrong repeatedly but who keep coming back to God. And we see a God who keeps welcoming them back [...]

You Can’t Put a Luggage Rack on a Hearse

In Luke 12 we find the familiar parable of the rich farmer who literally has more than he knows what to do with.  In fact, he’s so rich he has to tear down his old barns and build new ones just to create enough space to store his crops.  And [...]

The Humanity of God

A few years ago a friend told me she was thinking about writing a book called, “What Drives God Crazy?”  That’s kind of clever and funny, but it does give us an inaccurate picture of a God who gets frustrated and annoyed, growls a lot, and needs to go talk [...]

Majoring in the Minors

I call myself a “church baby” – baptized as an infant, raised in the church, fell away for a while in college, came back, and I’m now an ordained Presbyterian pastor.  I love church.  I nag people all the time about how vitally important it is to participate in worship, [...]

Back To School

A very dear member of the church I serve, who is also a wonderful and trusted friend, laughs at the idea that prayer has been taken out of schools.  A strong Christian, she teaches at a public school in Henry County, and she says each student, teacher, and administrator is [...]

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