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Faith, Works, & Wisdom

It’s a new thing, I guess, to think about needing a security force at a church.  At the church where I serve as pastor, we’ve had some security problems, but what’s scarier is the number of news stories that tell us very clearly that churches can no longer be considered [...]

Fill Those Water Pots!

Most anyone who knows me knows that I’m happily married and crazy about my husband.  But there wasn’t always a Michael in my life!  I spent many years as a single adult – in fact, I didn’t get married the first time till I was thirty. My mom was alive [...]

Entertaining Angels

Hebrews 13 begins with some instructions: Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. I heard about a monastery in Egypt called St. Macarius, where these instructions are taken very seriously. Each visitor receives a [...]

Doing What We Do

Things move quickly in the gospel of Mark. We’re not even out of the first chapter and we see Jesus calling one disciple after another: Philip, Simon, Andrew, James and John. All Jesus had to say was “Follow me.” Each one of us is called to be a disciple of [...]

Consulting God’s Wisdom

The fact is, when we take charge of a situation without consulting the wisdom of God, we always make a mess of it. Relationships get convoluted, hearts get broken, unfair and unkind words are spoken, egos are crushed, waves of doubt trouble us, distrust creeps in, guilt takes up residence, [...]

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“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.” –Psalm 86:5 (from today’s service)

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“Whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” –Matthew 10:38 (from tomorrow’s reading)

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You know, don’t you, there’s so much that happens around here that just doesn’t make sense? For instance, I learned that our Relay for..

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