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The season of Epiphany begins on January 6 as the Christmas season comes to a close. This special celebration of the incarnation recalls many events in Jesus’ life: his birth, his baptism, and even his first miracle at a wedding feast in Cana, when he turned water into wine. Epiphany first draws...
Where do you turn when things go wrong in your life and you need answers? I am challenging each of us to look at who or what we rely on. We know bad things can happen, and we can all agree that no one likes to face a crisis. We would much rather avoid suffering, pain, frustration, or really...
This certainly is a joyous season! Christmas music fills the air. Christmas greetings arrive from distant friends. Families gather joyfully around the Christmas dinner. Children try unsuccessfully to contain their excitement as Christmas draws near. What is a “Merry Christmas,” anyway? To some, a...
What is so powerful about a manger located in a barn holding a baby that is sleeping?  Almost all, if not everyone, in the United States has at least a basic understanding of the Christmas account in the Bible. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is the only birthday that...
I’ve met interesting people over the past years of pastoring. I learn about many things in life by the experiences and stories of others. Everyone has a story. Everyone has one life to live. At some point we all have wrestled with the question, “Why am I here?” or “What am I going to do with my...
“The lake (Superior), it is said, never gives up her dead … when the gales of November come early.” And so goes the story of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” This is probably the most recognized ship disaster of the Great Lakes, due in large part to Gordon Lightfoot’s 1975 ballad of the same...
Thankful thoughts and godly thoughts will change your day. “Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His name; make know his deeds among the peoples.” 1 Chronicles 16:8 “Complaining not only ruins everybody else’s day, it ruins the complainer’s day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get...
(Based on a book by Tim Keller titled, “Counterfeit Gods.”)   The three definitions of the word “moral” from Merriam Webster Dictionary are interesting:  1) concerning or relating to what is right and wrong in human behavior. 2) based on what you think is right and good. 3) considered right and...
With a rise in yet another variant of COVID, the discussion around vaccines is getting heated again. Around dinner tables, out in public, and even in the parking lots of our churches, people are divided about what they believe is the right answer. Nowhere is this battle more fervent, however, than...
A. W. Tozer said, “When we allow God’s Word to go beyond our ears and into our hearts, it stimulates us to do that which God is calling us to do.” The God of the Bible, the God of the Christian faith, wants you to know him and put that knowledge into action.  In the beginning, when God created the...

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