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January 25, 2018

Grace and Peace to you!

Thomas missed it! (John 20:19, 24-29) He missed that first appearance of the resurrected Jesus with the disciples. Who knows what he was up to, but he wasn’t in the room where it happened. Then later, the testimony of his friends was not enough to persuade him that Jesus was alive again. He was not about to believe just on their say-so, and demanded the same opportunity to see Jesus. He even wanted to inspect his wounds.

November 10, 2017
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October 18, 2017
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 Grace and Peace to You! 
Two stories: 
On the eve of open-heart surgery a pastor asked his cardiologist, “Doctor, can you fix me?” The physician, not known for bedside manner, replied, “Sure.” Then walked away. 
Following the twelve-hour surgery, the patient asked the doctor, “In light of the blocked arteries that I had when I checked into the hospital, how much blood supply do I now have?” “All you’ll ever need,” replied the terse surgeon. 

September 27, 2017

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Peace and Joy to you! 
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen led expeditions that were first to discover the magnetic meridian of the North Pole and to discover the South Pole.  On one of his trips he took a homing pigeon with him.  When he had finally reached the top of the world, he opened the bird’s cage and set it free. 

September 13, 2017

 Peace and Joy to you! 
In 1930, a prominent Rabbi in New York fired off a telegram to Albert Einstein.  The rabbi did not mince words:  “Do you believe in God?  Stop.  Answer paid.  50 words.” 
The telegram came in response to a statement the famous scientist had published that noted he always thought of himself as “religious.”  Einstein had written: 

September 2, 2017

College football kicks off this weekend! I was reminded the other week that legendary coach Lou Holtz got his head coaching start at William and Mary. Holtz is famous as a motivator. In the late 1980’s, after turning the Notre Dame program into a perennial powerhouse, Holtz often used false humility to get the team riled up for a game.  

August 16, 2017

Mark Twain, our greatest humorist, often skewered pomposity and silly human foibles. He once

paraphrased the most famous question of the Westminster Catechism:

Q.: What is the chief end of man?

A.: To get rich.

Q.: In what way?

A.: Dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must.

Q.: Who is God, the one and only true?

July 27, 2017
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Two fellas were out in a boat fishing last Sunday morning. They were not having too much luck. One of them got to thinking about what they were doing and said, “I feel bad being out here fishing when I ought to be in church.”  “Yes, I know how you feel,” the other said. “but I could not have gone anyway. My wife is sick.” 
If all the people who sleep in church were laid end to end, they’d be more comfortable. 

July 9, 2017
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In his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) Jesus tells his followers: “You are the salt of the earth.” Eugene Peterson’s translation in The Message highlights Jesus’ intent. “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the god-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”