Reconciliation

Don’t Miss The Scenery!

The late Eddie Cantor emerged during the 1930’s as one of America’s most popular radio entertainers. Because of a song he sang called “Ida”, and because he made frequent references to his family in his comedy routines, everyone knew that Mrs. Cantor’s name was “Ida” and that she and Eddie had raised five daughters. Whenever …

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Gotcha!

In the late nineteenth century, a controversy erupted among scholars about a brand-new invention. For decades, students had used pencils in doing their note-taking and their exams. But in 1880, a technological breakthrough came. For the first time, manufacturers started sticking erasers on the ends of pencils. It had never been done before. Many educators …

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Today I Will Be Glad

Many years ago, before television, a well-meaning person proposed what she felt would put an end to war and violence in the world. She said a gigantic stadium had to be built, large enough to hold every single person in the world. When the billions of people had been gathered in the huge amphitheater, the …

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Put Yourself Into It

A seminary student was showing little promise of developing into a good preacher. One day, as he stumbled through a practice sermon in class, his homiletics professor called out to him from the back of the room: “Why can’t you be more enthusiastic? Speak louder. Open your mouth. Put yourself into it!” No better phrase …

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No Room For Hate

We have gathered in Jesus’ Name and, truly, He is in the midst of us. He is here to help us deepen our relationship with God. He is here to show us how to experience God more fully in our lives. He is here to help us understand how our relationships with other people affect …

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We Cannot Be Neutral

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus says to His disciples “Anyone who is not against us is for us” (Mark 9:40). A pastor was asked about his Church membership. “We have eight hundred members,” he said. “How many active members?” the questioner asked. “All of them,” the pastor replied. “Half are working with me and half …

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You Can Make A Difference

As the Advent Season draws to a close, we direct our thoughts to the Historical Jesus. We think about Jesus coming into the world at a specific time in a specific place. We think of that child of poverty, born in a stable amidst the warm breath of cattle and sheep. We think of the …

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The Expression Of Life

A famous preacher tells of receiving a letter from a parishioner which began as follows: “I listened to your sermon on suffering last Sunday. I just wanted you to know that I didn’t know what suffering was until I heard you preach.” In a more serious vein, he tells of a letter he received from …

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The Way It Is

Texans love to tell a story that begins with this question: “Did you know that George Washington originally came from Texas?” They then go on to explain that the Washington family originally lived on a Texas ranch and that one day George cut down his father’s favorite cherry tree. “Did you do this,” George’s father …

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Reach For The Summit

Thomas Wolfe, one of America’s literary giants, believed that the experience of loneliness was a necessary condition of creative living. In his book, “The Hills Beyond,” he wrote of his strong conviction that “loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and a few other solitary men, is the central and …

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Oh, God, Take Us Back

It has been said that nothing in the entire Biblical Message is more thoroughly resisted and rejected by modern man than its insistence on the need for repentance. All the Biblical authors are agreed that repentance is the very first step into the fullness of our humanity. The Old Testament Prophets, without exception, preached repentance …

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Good Work God!

A young mother, after putting her two children to bed one night, changed into an over-sized sweatshirt and an old pair of jeans, and proceeded to wash her hair. She could hear the children running around and getting wilder and noisier. So, finishing her shampoo as quickly as she could, she wrapped a large Turkish …

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Welcome!

Student car-parking space had become extremely scarce at a large University. As a result, anyone who parked illegally was quickly ticketed. The student who topped the list of violators one year said, “I didn’t realize how many times I had transgressed until I returned to school after summer vacation. In the ‘comments’ portion of my …

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Walk In The Other’s Moccasins

A week after his mother’s funeral, a man went to see his pastor … The man was in the clutches of overwhelming guilt and remorse. He confessed that his relationship with his mother always had been strained and sometimes distant. In short, he deeply regretted not having been a better son to his mother. “Even …

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Pass It On!

A recent Washington Post feature article was headed, “God Speaks From Above.” The article described a national public service campaign in which messages from “God” are displayed on billboards and bus-shelters in various cities. The campaign was sponsored by an anonymous donor who contributed $150,000. In the donor’s words, “I wanted to remind people of …

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A Lesson In Living

A poem written by “anonymous” begins, Great grandfather who lived in dreary bogs thought the world was going to the dogs. Grandfather who lived in a house of logs thought the world was going to the dogs. Father, dressed in his tattered togs thought the world was going to the dogs. Inspired by today’s Gospel …

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