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Seemingly Impossible Joy

Rejoice in the Lord always. Always and everywhere. Was Paul kidding? The world is too challenging a place to be full of joy always, isn’t it? I mean look at what is happening around the world – war, hunger, sickness, … Continue reading

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The Way of Peace

I genuinely like this time of year. The Christmas lights and the menorah candles shine out as a reminder that there is more to the world than we usually allow ourselves to see. I laugh out loud at the lawns … Continue reading

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Hope is at Hand

Tear gas used on toddlers at the Mexican border. War and violent conflicts continuing in more than twenty-five countries. A national climate report with dire implications. These things are inconsistent with Advent. How is it possible to focus on the ancient … Continue reading

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Making It Personal

I was a freshman in high school the first time someone asked me if I was a Christian. I’d gone to a friend’s youth group and the leaders were not shy about expressing their concerns. During the prayer circle I … Continue reading

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Better Than It Looks

My living room windows face west. Some evenings I am home in time to watch the spectacular display of colors that can be sunset. I am often captivated by the way the winter-bear trees appear to be etched in the … Continue reading

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The Other Ones

You could see the woman, the widow, the one without means she kept to the shadows, head down and quiet, even her steps were silent as she approached the treasury box to add her two cents far less than others … Continue reading

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Agape: It’s a Noun and a Verb

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s simple, right? It’s the second greatest commandment that resembles the first – Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. We want these commandments … Continue reading

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