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The Partnership

“Trust in God” is not just a pious phrase that you hear in a sermon. It is not something superficial that you get because you attend Church on Sunday. It is a style of life. It is a day-by-day, moment-by-moment trust in God that actually empowers you to deal with your anxieties. Notice, I said …

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Getting Down To Basics

A New York City pastor recalls what happened one fateful Sunday morning as the choir took its customary walk down the Church’s center aisle toward their benches in the sanctuary: There is an iron grate in the middle of that center aisle, directly over the boiler in the basement. During the week, something got stuck …

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Did You Find Joy?

Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher, talked a great deal about establishing our life’s priorities. In one of his writings, he asks us to imagine life as a big triangle. Then he tells us to arrange along the base of that triangle all the things in life we regard as important. Then, he tells us to …

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What Are We Looking For?

A certain man went to Church one Sunday. He frowned when the organist missed a note during the opening hymn. He stared menacingly at two adolescents talking to each other when the congregation was at prayer. During the Scripture Readings he kept looking impatiently at his watch. When the collection basket was passed he felt …

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The Sticky Problem Of Duty

The American College Dictionary lists nine alternate definitions of the word “duty” covering a wide range of meanings. “Duty,” we learn, is “that which one is bound to do by moral or legal obligation.” “Duty” is also “a levy imposed on the import or export of goods.” And in agricultural language, “duty” is “the amount …

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One Thing Certain

Two men who had not seen each other for a long time met by chance one evening in an all-night diner. They became so engrossed in talking about old times that, before they realized it, the time was three-thirty in the morning. Both expressed concern that their wives would be upset when they arrived home …

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Beyond The Artichokes

In an old “Peanuts” cartoon, Charlie Brown is pictured on the beach, building a beautiful sand castle. When the castle is completed, a very self-satisfied Charlie stands back to admire his sand-made treasure. A single raindrop falls. Then, in the cartoon’s final frame, the rain is coming down in torrents, and Charlie, looking very pensive, …

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You Are Richer Today…

In the 1980’s, often referred as the decade of greed, a new word was coined to describe young, “upwardly mobile” people obsessed with the desire for quick financial success: “Yuppie.” One Wall Street journalist defined Yuppie as “someone with a college degree in business who is determined to let nothing in the way of his …

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She Hath Done What She Couldn’t

One of the big automobile manufacturers recently built a massive advertising campaign around the simple theme of “getting down to basics.” You may recall hearing it on TV or Radio: “When people get down to basics, they come over to our car” (or words to that effect). Today’s Gospel Lesson-like all Gospel Lessons, really-is built …

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It’s Worth The Risk

One of the great things about being a Christian is that as we grow in the faith there are fewer and fewer places in our lives which we are reluctant to let God enter. More and more we are eager to place every aspect of our lives under His rule and under His guidance. And …

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