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Truth and Freedom

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In John 8:31-32 Jesus taught His disciples that the “truth will set you free.” Jesus understood that freedom and truth go hand in hand. Where there is no truth, there is no freedom. And this is true “on earth as it is in heaven.”  On earth, The Declaration of...

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Exodus or Exile?

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Two of the dominant themes of the Old Testament are Exodus and Exile. The Exodus dominates the first part of the Old Testament as the Israelites found themselves in slavery in Egypt. Their cries and groans were heard by the Lord who prepared Moses to liberate them from Pharaoh and to lead them...

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The Third Day

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Lent is the Christian season of preparation for Easter Sunday. Lent commences on Ash Wednesday and builds through Holy Week. Holy Week celebrations start on Palm Sunday with the crowds welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem. By Good Friday the crowds have violently turned on Jesus, crying for His death...

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Good News!

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Are you familiar with the story of Martin Niemoller? Niemoller was awarded the Iron Cross as a German U-Boat commander during World War I. After the war, he sensed the call to preach and became a Lutheran pastor. Like many Germans, Niemoller was hopeful in 1933 that new Chancellor Hitler would...

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The Meaning of Christmas

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For many Christmas is a season spent among family and friends. We plan our calendars around Christmas parties, fellowships and family meals. We offer gifts of love and appreciation. We come together for beautiful worship services and Christmas concerts to proclaim that in the birth of Jesus, God...

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Forsaken!

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Sutherland Springs. . .Las Vegas. . .New York City. . .What do you say in the face of horrific evil that continues to manifest itself in our world and nation? Religious platitudes ring empty as we cry out. . . .”Where is God?” “Why have You forsaken us?” Denied...

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Finding hope and faith in the midst of pain

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Las Vegas… New York City… Sutherland Springs. What do you say in the face of horrific evil that continues to manifest itself in our world and nation?  The Psalmist cried out in anguish, My God, My God, why have You forsaken me? We do not know the circumstances around the...

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The Language of Old

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One of the struggles of Native American peoples is preserving their individual languages. Of course, language is more than words. Language embodies the culture of a people, preserving the past, shaping the future and giving meaning to the present. Language passes on the stories that tell...

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The Hurricanes of 2017

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The hurricane names of 2017 seemed harmless enough when I first saw them: Harvey, Irma, Maria. Today, these names will always be associated with some of the most devastating storms in modern history. And with nine weeks of hurricane season remaining, we must pray that Philippe, Sean, Tammy, and...

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All the Families of the Earth

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The Lord declared to Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 12, “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great.” If we keep reading, however, we discover the purpose of God’s covenant with Abraham was not to bless him and his descendants alone, but to bless...

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