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With all the turmoil and uncertainty facing our nation today, people regardless of their political affiliation are asking: “What is the future of our nation?” “Where is God in all this?” and “What is the church supposed to do?”

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In my faith tradition, Sunday is Epiphany Sunday. We celebrate the gifts of the Magi found in Matthew 2:1-12; 3:13-17. The actual date for Epiphany is Jan. 6, often called Little Christmas or Old Christmas. For some this date is the date of gift exchange rather than Christmas Day. Epiphany i…

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“Do not be anxious…” — Matthew 6:31

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We sometimes have opportunities to learn lessons in less-than-desirable ways. Over the years as a pastor, I have had situations where a congregant was very upset about one thing or another. In those situations, no matter how painful the circumstance, I try to stop and ask, “Is there anything…

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John proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me.” — Mark 1:7a

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“Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.”

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When I was in seminary we lived in Spokane, Washington. One Thanksgiving, we opened our house and set the table for a feast that to this day I remember well.

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“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold your King is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9

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We hate waiting. We don’t like to wait on something we ordered online to arrive. We don’t like waiting for our food. And, it’s possible that, by the time of this publication, we may still be waiting on the results of this year’s presidential election. We certainly don’t like waiting for that.

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“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

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“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12)

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This week I was pulled to the 11th chapter of Isaiah. I needed to be reminded that God will bring about the peaceful kingdom. In verses 1-9, we are given the vision of what God’s kingdom will look like. The most compelling image for me is that of predator and prey at peace with one another: …

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“Phillip found Nathaniel and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ ” John 1:45

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One of my favorite activities growing up was building forts. My brothers and I would often play “War.” So, we needed to build forts to try to protect us from the “enemy” — the other brothers who were trying to attack.

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“You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” — Matthew 16:23b

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “discern” comes from the Latin combination of “dis,” which means “apart,” and “cernere,” which means “to sift.” Discernment is the ability to sift apart fact from fiction, truth from opinion, and horse sense from horse dung. Failure to exe…

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Have you ever had a song you couldn’t get out of your head? This week, for me it is a contemporary Christian song that was inspired by Psalm 24. The chorus is a plea to God to “give us clean hands, give us pure hearts, let us not lift our souls to another.” In these very divisive days, the c…

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“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’ ” John 14:6

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I took a week of vacation last week for a staycation. We moved our baby to college on Monday. So, I told people I was taking the rest of the week off to mourn. My real intent, however, was to just have some time off to rest.

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And he said, “Bring them here to me.” — Matthew 14:18

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“See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.” (James 3:5b-6)