Poor in Spirit

What Does It Mean?

As a Christian Community, we try to always see and feel and experience what is happening in the world and in our own personal life against the background of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Consequently, we are a people of hope, a people of joy, a people of action. As a …

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No Split Decisions!

One of childhood’s favorite authors, the late Theodor S. Geisel (best known as “Dr. Seuss”), wrote a poem about the difficulty, but necessity, of making decisions. It reads, in part… Did I tell you before about the Zoad Who came to two signs at the fork in the road? One said to Place One; the …

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Love Is Wisdom

With the birth of Christ, a great joy is proclaimed which lays aside all the questions and all the imponderables. A great joy is proclaimed which clears the way for women and men to come to a decision that makes sense out of their life, for all time. Jesus has come into the world that …

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Only God Is Great!

All through the Gospels, Jesus is trying to help us understand that although there is pleasure in material things, in sexual relationships, in many other things that satisfy human appetites, nevertheless there is only one way in which we can be in touch with the ultimate Source of genuine joy, and that is to open …

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The Way We Are

In the summer of 1845, Henry David Thoreau built a small cabin on Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. There he stayed for two years and three months. “I went to the woods,” he wrote, “because I wished to live deliberately, to confront only the essential facts of life, to see if I could learn what …

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To Be Or Not To Be King

Sean Connery and Michael Caine are the stars in an adventure film entitled “The Man Who Would Be King”, based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. Each plays the part of an ex-sergeant-Danny Dravot and Peachey Camehan-from Her Majesty’s Royal Army in India. Their love of adventure takes them on an arduous journey to the …

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Bread And Cheese

Some of you may be more familiar with the Beatitudes in the Gospel of Matthew than with those in Luke which we have read. Somehow, Matthew’s list of eight Beatitudes has received more popular exposure and commentary than Luke’s list of four. Most Bible experts agree that Luke’s is the more primitive version, somewhat different …

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The Terrible Meek

This proverb is attributed to Jesus in several places in the Gospels. Quite honestly, it evokes an uncomfortable feeling in most of us. It turns us off because it presents us with an image of weakness. We’re not interested in anything that seems to suggest that we become “milquetoasts. ‘Milquetoast,” as you know, is the …

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Help!

The greatest obstacle to truth is a reluctance to face the facts! A woman who was very much overweight stepped off the scale and said, “According to the ‘Height-Weight’ chart on this scale, I should be seven inches taller.” Actually, that same woman finally got around to doing something about her weight: she stopped stepping …

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