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A Great Tradition

Several years ago, “Time” magazine ran a cover story entitled “Modern Saints.” And there were several impressive things about the persons described in the article. The most obvious, of course, was the intensity of their love of God. Secondly, they were compassionate in their relationships, sensitive toward other people’s needs and concerns. Thirdly, most of …

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A Risky Business

Sometimes Jesus is called “The Second Moses.” The idea is that, while the first law came from God through Moses, the more perfect law has been given to us by Jesus. Whatever truth there may be in the title “The Second Moses,” it is also very misleading. In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus is trying to …

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At Arms Length

Not everyone who exposes himself to the teachings of Christ responds positively. Some choose to keep Christ at arm’s length. They are unwilling to pay the price of total dedication. They are looking for cheap grace. In today’s Gospel Lesson, a man possessed by a demon enters the synagogue where Jesus is teaching. Suddenly, the …

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Is Your Heart In It?

A life insurance salesman visited a woman who had been recently widowed. For thirty five years her late husband had sacrificed much in order to maintain a substantial life insurance policy. “Your husband often told me how determined he was to see that you would be well-provided for after he was gone,” the salesman said. …

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Burning With Desire

As a worshipping community of Christ we come under the empowering influence of the Holy Spirit. In the first chapter of the Book of Acts, Jesus says to the disciples, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and …

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I Am Counting On Them

Through encounter group sessions, people try to experience something that happened long before the coming of modern psychology and group dynamics. In our Gospel Lesson, a group of fishermen on Lake Gennesaret in Palestine encountered a man called Jesus and were never again the same. In meeting Jesus, they were somehow confronted with the truth …

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They Didn’t Understand

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus dispatches seventy-two of the disciples to precede Him into the villages He planned to visit, and to prepare the people for His coming. Their mission is to explain to the people that Jesus is of God. “Cure the sick there” and tell the people “The Reign of God is at …

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The Power To Resist

On the dashboards of those small “Volkswagen-type airplanes, there is a safety device usually referred to as a “Stall Warning Indicator.” The owner of such a plane has described the “Stall Warning” as follows: The Stall Warning Indicator is there to help the pilot avoid big trouble. In a light plane, if you get below …

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Why Doesn’t It Happen?

In one of comedian Woody Allen’s routines, he receives a telephone call from a man who says, “We want you to make a Smirnoff Vodka ad for a magazine.” Woody Allen replies, ‘I’m afraid I can’t do that. I don’t drink, and if I did it wouldn’t be vodka. It would be dishonest for me …

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It’s Your Move

An older couple was driving down the road on a Sunday afternoon. He was driving; she was leaning against the door on the passenger’s side. They caught up to a very slow-moving car. A young man was driving; a young woman was cuddled up to him. Seeing this, the older woman looked across to her …

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The Choice Is Ours

There are people all over this land who, earlier today, were faced with what they considered to be a hard choice: “Should I go or should I not go to Church today?” There are husbands all over this land who are in Church today just to please their wives. There are parents all over this …

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My Name Is Joy!

The great patriarch, Abraham, spent much of his life in the desert. One day he saw a stranger walking in the distance and he called out, inviting the traveler to dine with him and stay the night. The man readily agreed. But as Abraham was preparing to serve the meal, he learned that his guest …

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If I Have Not Love

“I don’t want the city to come into my Church and I don’t want my Church to come into the city,” wrote a woman to her pastor… I want to keep them separate — completely separate — so that once a week on Sunday morning I can walk away from the people out there and …

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No ‘half-and-half’ God

“Those whose allegiance is divided are odious,” the Psalmist wrote (Ps. 119:113). Or, as another translation puts it, “I Hate those ‘half-and-half’ people.” These words reflect the fervent anger of a lover of God against the uncommitted — those who are forever “weighing” and “balancing” and “suspending judgment” on the meaning of life. Jesus said, …

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The Best Translation

In an old comedy routine, a famous film actor receives a telephone call from an advertising agency executive who says, “We want you to pose for a Gilby’s Gin billboard.” To which the actor replies, “I’m afraid I can’t do that. You see, I don’t drink, and even if I did it wouldn’t be gin. …

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It’s Beautiful

A religious cynic once said: God made man on the last day of creation. When he realized what He had done, He took off and went into hiding. The search to find Him is what men called religion. In a very real sense, the search for God is what men call religion. But that cynic …

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Gathering/scattering

After he had lectured his son for five minutes on the evils of smoking, a concerned father said to his 15-year-old son, “If you ever decide to smoke I want you to promise that you’ll come to me and tell me. I don’t want to hear about it first from a neighbor.” To which the …

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A Good Word For Jesus

In this, our act of community worship, God has gathered us together to experience the immediacy of His presence. This means drawing closer to God, as a Church-as a People. This is our great gift from the Lord Jesus. Because we are Jesus’ followers we can enter into deep communion with God in this unique, …

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Look! They’re Moving!

A confirmed bachelor and a married man were talking to each other about the pros and cons of family life. At one point in the conversation, the married man asked: “Do you know what it means for a dad to come home to three adorable well-mannered, respectful children who are thrilled at the sight of …

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