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Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

April is a month filled with mixed emotions for me. It is the month of my birthday. It is the month that my son and daughter-in-law were married seven years ago. It is the month that my grandfather died, 42 years ago on my 13th birthday.…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

Whenever I ask a group of adults to share their favorite scripture verse or bible story, inevitably, someone in the group will offer up John 11:35 which says “Jesus wept.” Now, although this is a powerful verse, for it indicates the love Jesus had for all of creation, most people really remember this…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

Well, if you are counting, we are just over the halfway point on our journey through the season of Lent. As I often say, Lent is a journey we make once a year to the cross. In many ways, it is like that annual pilgrimage that many Jews used to literally make to Jerusalem for the Passover. Yes, every…

So, What's Your Story?

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

Last week, we read the story of Nicodemus. An insider, a man of power and one who thought he had all the answers. Nicodemus, was a man who was held in high esteem and someone who could go anywhere, anytime he wanted, yet, he feared being seen with Jesus…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

This Sunday, March 23, we will read the story about the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-42). You know the story, where the disciples leave Jesus alone while they go into town to get some food, and Jesus waits for them at Jacob’s well. While Jesus is waiting there, a Samaritan woman comes to the…

What Does This Mean?

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

One week ago yesterday, Malaysian Airlines flight 370 disappeared. Since then, experts from all over the world have been trying to help find the flight and all 239 people on board. They, and all of us, have been asking questions, trying to discover what…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

We sure have had some great weather lately, haven’t we? As I write this letter, the temperature is on its way up to 65°. But the weather has also been kind of weird. I was out of town earlier this week, but I was told that on Tuesday we had a thunderstorm in De Soto, but that it snowed in other…

A Perfect Time To Start!

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

So when is the last time you encountered the devil? Doesn’t the devil only exists in movies and in books? Isn’t the devil is a fictional character created by Hollywood that has horns, carries a pitchfork, and for some reason likes to wear red tights.…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

We have officially started the Season of Lent and for many, we immediately think about fasting. I cannot tell you how many people have said to me, “So, what are you giving up for Lent?” So far, I know of people who are giving up chocolate, coffee (I could never do this!), Coke, all sweets, and one…

A Perfect Time To Start!

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

I say this every year, but for me, and I know it is the same for many of you based on the questions I receive and comments I get, this Gospel text is an odd text to read on Ash Wednesday. Just minutes after hearing Jesus’ words to not practice our piety…

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