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Wisdom Calling

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Last August I started reading straight through the Bible. If I stay on track I'll finish on December 31st. Right now I've just begun the book of Proverbs. The first few chapters focus on the benefits and blessings of seeking the Wisdom of God. This is contrasted with the calamity that comes from ignoring or rejecting Wisdom. But one particular line caught my attention. Wi...

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Let it Rain

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Let's let the Word of God rain down in our lives....

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Touch and See

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Why does it matter that Jesus rose in the flesh and not just in the spirit?...

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The Good Shepherd

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During my years at seminary, I was very poor and always looking for work to earn money. I was very fortunate to get hired on with a landscaper. My first day on the job we went to the house of a retired physician. This guy was a serious gardener and took a lot of pride in his yard. Our job was to move a huge mountain of wood chips and put them all over the hill behind his ...

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More Than Eyewitnesses

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil is the name of a 1989 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. The premise was simple enough. Pryor plays a blind man and Wilder plays a deaf man. Collectively they witness a homicide and need to depend on one another to relate what happened to the police. I honestly cannot remember if I saw the movie or not, but it's probably good cons...

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God's Answering Machine

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Mark's Gospel is abrupt and straight to the point when it comes to Easter morning....

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Doing vs. Being

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Most of us have a bias toward action and doing as opposed to inaction or just being. What can we learn from Peter's reaction to the miracle of the Transfiguration?...

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Intro to Holy Week

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In case you are not familiar, here is an introduction to the services of Holy Week...

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A Walk in the Park

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A Walk in the park on the cusp of Spring reminds us of how nature is ready to burst forth in life. So much potential, and this is like our relationship with God at all times...

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Let's Build Together

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An original analogy for church work from the Book of Nehemiah....

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On Our Terms

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Getting to the heart of Jesus' clearing out of the Temple courts in John chapter 2...

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Pastor Chuck has Psalm 139 on his mind lately......

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True Knowledge

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Paul challenges the believers in Corinth to put Christian concern for their brothers and sisters above personal freedom....

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Silos to Spokes

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Paul's directive for married men to live as if they have no wives can easily be misunderstood. What is there behind this command in 1 Corinthians?...

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Our Baptism

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This Sunday we enter the season of Epiphany and celebrate the Baptism of our Lord. Jesus' baptism falls under the heading of Jesus being revealed as the Son of God. But his baptism often leads us to reflect on our own baptism. What does our baptism mean? Well, for one, it means you have been made children of God and adopted as sons and daughters. It means that through fait...

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God and the New Year

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As we approach the new year, let's reflect on the past year's challenges and blessings and consider how we may grow in our faith in the year to come....

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Security Blanket

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For he has clothed me with the garments of salvation... what a lovely image spoken of the servant who was to come in Isaiah. What do these words mean for us today?...

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Prepared for Advent

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John had a ministry of preparing the way for Jesus, a very appropriate theme for the season of Advent....

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Staying Prepared

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It seems Christ knew that his church may grow impatient for his return. So he described the ten young women 'sleepy' and 'drowsy' as the awaited the groom who was delayed. How do make sure we are among those who were prepared when the moment suddenly arrived?...

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All Saints' Day

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What do we mean when we say we believe in the communion of saints?...

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Things Are Changing

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Let's take a look at what changes and what doesn't...

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Not Don't Worry, Be Happy

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"Don't Worry, Be Happy" is a well known phrase but Jesus said it better....

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The Unfair Gospel

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Just how generous is the Gospel? Jesus' parable of the workers in the vineyard points us toward the truth....

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A Suffering World

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A little piece of good news in a suffering world....

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Unforgiveness

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Unforgiveness is in fact putting ourselves in the place of God....

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Farewell and Thank You Mr. Kim

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Mr. Kim asked me to write down a few nice words for him....

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Even Just One

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We may write a certain number of people off, but God never does....

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A Prayer for Tae-Yun

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Please pray together with me this week for Tae-Yun and her whole family....

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