Holy Days and Holidays

Already and Not Yet

It seems strangely paradoxical to assume something can already be and not yet be at the same time. Oddly enough it is possible. It is the stuff movies are made of. Understanding how this can be is of utmost importance to you and me. A day of reckoning is coming. There is an urgency to…

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Groaning In Captivity

In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the ghost transported Ebenezer Scrooge to his Christmas past. He was saddened by his misdeeds and past mistakes. He was permitted to peer into Christmas future. He saw his death and was terrified. His Christmas present was no less disturbing. He knew he had to change. We are…

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An Advent Invitation

Walk into any store and it’s clear retailers are now ready for Christmas. Ready that is to make money off it. Many no longer even call it Christmas. For them, the “holiday season” as it’s called, is simply a time for making profits. What is this time of year for you? Advent begins in just…

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Can You Hear Me Now?

I think by now we all know the Verizon commercial, “Can you hear me now.” Verizon began using that commercial in 2002. In 2016, the pitch man for the commercial jumped ship and became the pitchman for Sprint. The two companies sparred over the catchy phrase and the pitchman himself. As we celebrate Pentecost and…

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Cast Into The Sea

Immediately upon reading today’s title you might wonder, who is going to be cast into the sea. Today the focus is not on someone being cast into the sea but on something being cast into the sea. That thing is sin. God casts our sin into the sea, even when we might be inclined to…

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Jesus Wept For Us

Most people when asked the question, “What is the shortest verse in the King James Bible,” correctly answer, “Jesus Wept.” That verse from John 11:35 is referring to Jesus weeping at the death of His friend Lazarus. That is not the only time that Jesus wept. I believe He also wept over us…..please read more.…

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Equipped For Lasting Change

How many times have you come to this first day of the year prepared to make changes in your life, only to fail a few weeks or months into the New Year? Do you know that the Bible tells us that we have been given a special, unique and personalized gift to assure our ability…

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Unappreciated Christmas Gifts

Have you ever received a gift from someone at Christmas that you didn’t care for? Worse yet, have you ever given someone a gift at Christmas that they didn’t care for? If you spent time and effort choosing the ideal gift for someone and they did not appreciate it, how did their lack of appreciation…

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Adopted Children of God

I was 8 years old. Our family of four was sitting at the dinner table. My older brother Mike was 10. As my mom passed the meat and potatoes she nonchalantly stated, “By the way boys, you are adopted.” That was how we found out. It was to become the subject that was almost never…

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Maranatha

No, today’s message is not a crash course in Aramaic; however, it might be a good idea for each of us to become just a little more familiar with the word Maranatha. This past Sunday marked the first Sunday in Advent. For many Christians, this marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. New Year’s…

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