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It is the season of Advent. It is in this season that I feel the paradox of being in the world but not of the world. For followers of Jesus Christ, this season is a period of preparation, of waiting, not only for the celebration of the birth of the Babe of Bethlehem, but for the coming of th…

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“How can you disown your God like that? Can a girl forget her jewels? What bride will seek to hide her wedding dress? Yet for years on end My people have forgotten Me — the most precious of their treasures.” Jeremiah 2:32

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In leadership, it is common to think in terms of contingencies. You come up with a plan of action that you think will benefit your company or organization and hope that it will deliver the results you are looking for. But good leaders also have a back up plan, a contingency plan, a “Plan B.”…

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Editor’s note: This column was omitted from the Nov. 13 paper for reasons of space.

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“Every morning, as soon as the sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing; and if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectively, and make them open their eyes to their true interest.” — Benjamin Franklin in Journal de Paris, A…

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“Every morning, as soon as the sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing; and if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectively, and make them open their eyes to their true interest.” — Benjamin Franklin in Journal de Paris, A…

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Paul asks a profound question in the eighth chapter of Romans. He asks in verse 35: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?” (NRSV)

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Everything in our culture points to the idol of SELF. Knowing this, fast-food sellers tell you to “Have it your way!” This approach causes every person to seek to live as little “k” kings of their own little “k” kingdoms, and that always brings conflict.

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But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us.” — Mark 9:39-40

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“At the age of 65 I am recommencing my Agricultural pursuits and rural amusements…as my glass is nearly run, I shall endeavor in the shade of my Vine and Fig tree.” George Washington to the Earl of Buchan (Mount Vernon, July 4, 1797).

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Remember. On this day we are called to remember events that happened 20 years ago.

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“Not abandoning our own meeting together, as is the habit of some people, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” — Hebrews 10:25

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Is there anything in your life you are just “putting up with,” simply because it either doesn’t seem like a big deal or you just don’t want to take time to stop and check it out? I have noticed for some time that the doorknob on our front storm door has been really loose. But, rather than st…

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At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” — 1 Kings 3:5

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“For as a person thinks ... so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

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There are days I feel as if I am in a science fiction movie. The world appears to be spinning out of control. Climate issues, political issues, inequality issues, human sexuality issues, pandemics — and I have probably left something out — that has the question before us, “Is this the end of days?”

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“When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6

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If the last 18 months has taught us anything, it is this: God made us for relationship. God said at the beginning of creation, “It is not good for man to be alone.” We see community built into what Jesus called the two greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul,…

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Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” — Mark 5:34

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On July 4, 1776, the delegates from the 13 colonies voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence as penned by Thomas Jefferson. The Revolutionary War had been raging for almost a year by that time.

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This Sunday the Gospel lesson in the Revised Common Lectionary is Mark 4:35-41. In this passage, Jesus after a long day or two or three or four of healing and teaching gets in the boat with his disciples to cross the lake to Gentile territory.

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Well, I guess I will have to make up my mind to enjoy my garden. I keep praying for snow, but it looks like the Lord will put a delay on answering my prayers.

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I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but lived in Chelsea from the time I was 5 years old until we moved to North Carolina when I was 25. My parents still live in Chelsea. Mel’s parents live only 20 minutes away. We both have siblings that live there. Our middle son just moved to Chelsea. He h…