Presence

“God? Please make them aware of your presence.” It’s something I ask God often on behalf of others. It’s something I ask when I don’t want to presume that I know what they need. I could say, and sometimes do, “bring healing to their heart and body and mind.” I could say, and sometimes do, […]

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Listen

Listen, if you will, to this word from Rich Dixon: +++ Why didn’t they listen? The question came up in our small group (I might have asked it). A prophet brought a clear message from God. He told them the consequences of disobedience. They ignored his warning and suffered the consequences. Cry out to God. […]

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Thomas never got kicked out.

(Part two of a message from April 23, based on John 20:19-31. See part one.) And we say, “But what about Thomas’ statement when he heard about the night?” He says, “unless I see his hands and side, and I touch him, I won’t believe.” That’s the sure sign of a doubter, right? May I ask a […]

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Rethinking Thomas, called “the doubter”

Part one of a message from April 23, 2017 based on John 20:19-31.) In our reading this morning, we heard about a disciple named Thomas. People who never knew him have labeled him “doubting Thomas” and he’s had to bear that label for millennia. But I’m pretty sure that’s not what his friends would have called […]

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A prayer for the second Sunday of Easter.

God. We are cautious. At least many of us are. Except maybe about what we like and share. And even then we make choices more cautiously than people know. We make decisions out of an abundance of caution. We are cautiously optimistic. We are cautious about who we trust or what we commit to do. […]

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