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November 24, 2016

“Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you…blessed are those who wait for him.” – Isaiah 30: 18

Near my gym this week, I noticed once again the growing line of tents and folding chairs alongside the Best Buy in honor of that new religious holiday, Black Thursday.  It reminded me of the two guys I saw last year who had been waiting since Monday, or should I say “camping”?  That Wednesday I decided to go talk to them, out of sheer curiosity.

“What is it that you want to buy?”  I asked.  The older gentleman wanted a new flat screen TV and maybe a Blue Ray player.  Then I turned to the guy in his early 20’s and asked him the same thing. “I just want a blender” he said.  “Really?  You’re waiting in line all week, camping on the sidewalk, for a blender?”  “Yeah...a really nice blender!” I was dumfounded. “You’re missing Thanksgiving Day for a blender?” “It’s a really good deal!” he assured me.  I tried to entice them with our Thanksgiving Breakfast and Worship Service but they said,...

November 10, 2016

“He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him in love….so that we might live for the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1: 4, 12).

Please excuse me for stating the obvious again. This has been a divisive and polarizing season for our nation; and there has been a price to pay for it.  I’m talking about the wounded relationships which result from thoughtless remarks or derisive comments, beginning with the remarks of the candidates themselves.  I’ve appreciated many things that I’ve read on social media, even from those I disagree with, but I’m also very aware that the opportunities for anger, frustration, and misunderstanding have grown exponentially in this new era of internet chats.  Can we agree that it’s very sad when friends or members of our own family no longer speak to one another because of strong ideological differences and misspoken words?

I realize that Jesus’ commands about reconciliation, and loving one’s enemies, are no...

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