November Pastor’s Message

A recent bulletin insert had the following quote, which I think bears repeating: “There are many definitions of agape, but the best I know is in one of Edward Nason West’s books: agape means ‘a profound concern for the welfare of another without any desire to control that other, to

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October Pastor’s Message

At the wedding feast in the little village of Cana, where Jesus’ mother had been invited (she may have been related to the wedding party, in such a small community), the hosts ran out of wine. Such a social blunder could be held against the family for a long time,

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September Pastor’s Message

September… where did the summer go? “The kids are heading back to school.” That sentence conjures a host of images, from back-to-school sales to bus schedules to gearing up for a non-stop fall season. But the focus of “school” is not all these other images, the focus is “learning.” Not

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August Pastor’s Message

I still remember the first time I heard the phrase “slow as the second coming.” I was fourteen at the time. The man who said it, did not claim to be a believer; when he said it, he feared that he had offended me, and he quickly apologized. I wasn’t

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July Pastor’s Message

Our nation’s original 13 colonies felt the need to explain to a watching world why they decided to declare their independence from Great Britain – the king was not acting like the lawful monarch of a free people, but like a tyrant. Because of their commitment to liberty, we can

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June Pastor’s Message

Mitch Albom, the author of the international best-seller Tuesdays with Morrie, wrote a short article for Father’s Day titled “When did fathers become expendable?” Albom described what happened on a recent exchange on The View, an ABC show with a massive female audience: A guest host, an actor named Terry

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May Pastor’s Message

I remember ads for “Lee Press-On Nails.” For a small investment of money and time, you too could have long, strong, beautiful nails. They would save you the frustration and impatience of trying to grow your own. But the danger of press-on nails may outweigh the benefit, especially in the

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April Pastor’s Message

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to various groups of his disciples over forty days. So why didn’t he appear to the Jewish leaders, or to Pilate, and prove that he was who he said he was? I believe it has to do with faith. Those leaders didn’t believe in him

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March Pastor’s Message

For the last twenty years or so, Joe has returned to this same plot of ground at about this same time of year – middle Spring – and every year he’s amazed at how much dead and dried out “stuff” has accumulated. He can’t really till, or fertilize, or plant,

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February Pastor’s Message

The Beatitudes contain some of the world’s most sublime ethical teaching. Like the Ten Commandments, they often adorn our wall plaques and posters. We sometimes say to each other, “If only people would live by these, the world would be a much better place.” But people who try to actually

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