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The Peace Train-Harmony Challenge

History shows us that the 1960s were a tumultuous and divisive decade marked by the civil rights movement, antiwar protests, and political assassinations. This difficult time inspired many song writers to produce songs about peace. Today, we are facing similar unrest and upheaval.  Inspired by these old songs, I am inviting you to join me…

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Ambassadors Of Peace

As one devout Christian is sitting home watching the news on CNN, his good friend, also a devout Christian, is at home watching Fox News. Both men are troubled by the stories tearing the country apart. Both men form strongly held, yet diametrically opposite opinions. Following their recent prayer and share group, they went out…

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Spiritual Dryness Revisited

In 2013, I wrote a 4th Day Letter about spiritual dryness. It is something that at one time or another most Christians experience. After reflecting upon the isolation caused by the pandemic, the inability to attend church, and after recent discussions with several Christians currently going through a time of spiritual dryness, I felt called…

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Pleasing The Lord

If I asked you this question, “Does sin offend God,” most of you would say yes. In fact, sin is defined as “an offense against God.” Sin is also an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is a failure to genuinely love God and neighbor. Now, allow me to pose a more perplexing…

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The Elusive Quest For Normalcy

The worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. Social isolation has led to a spike in mental health issues. The health crisis, coupled with the economic meltdown, are causing suffering, stress, increased substance abuse and other addictive behaviors and for some even suicide. Everyone seems to be yearning for normalcy. What is normalcy,…

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Living Radically

What does it mean to be “radical?” Most people perceive radicalism as something bad or evil. Today a radical person is frequently called a terrorist. We think of a radical as someone who exhibits crazy, unstable behavior. So, is being radical a bad thing?  What if I told you that Jesus was a radical? What…

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Preaching The Risen Christ

Today, around the world, there are a too many different religions to count. Many of them preach peace and justice. Some offer a variety of self-help philosophies. Many care for the poor and needy. Yet, only one, holds at its core the proclamation of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. We are called through baptism,…

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The Greatest Love Story

Through the years, one love story stands out above all others as the greatest love story ever told. In fact, this is the story upon which all other love stories are based. It is a story of compassion, tenderness, heroism, never ending commitment, and selfless sacrifice. This ageless story is about a man who gives…

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Easter Is A Time For Rock And Roll

After His death, Jesus was laid in a tomb hewn out of rock and a huge stone was placed at the entrance. Then, on the third day, the women coming to the tomb discovered that the stone had been rolled away. As I reflected on Easter this year, I concluded that Easter is a time…

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Isolated and Afraid

Doubt, darkness and despair are everywhere. Fear fills the air like oppressive summer humidity. “What does the future hold for me?” “Will I be the next one to die?” “Will I be able to return to the work I was doing before this happened?” “Has my trust in Jesus been misplaced?” “How could God allow…

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