Isaiah 2: 2-5 ~ 3c “Instruction shall come from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 Thus He will judge among the nations and arbitrate for the manypeoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks: Nation shall not take up sword against nation; they shall no longer learn how to make war. 5 O come, people of Jacob, let us live in the light of the Lord.”

I knew a man named Paul who had been an arbitrator for union negotiations with big corporations in the sixties. Though the corporations hired him, in his heart, he looked at the workers as the ones he was serving. He often encouraged the companies to give the workers the 2...

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Advent Devotional 2019

DECEMBER 1 ST ~ Isaiah 2: 4-5 ~ 4 Thus [the LORD] will judge among the nations and arbitrate for the many peoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: Nation shall not take up sword against nation; they shall no longer learn...

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“The master commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly” Luke 16:8

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly” Luke 16:8 I don’t like to think God approves of us cheating one another. This scripture is a whole parable about a rich man who had heard that his business manager was embezzling his earnings (“wasting his estate;” same “wasting”...

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May the people in these pages be blessed.

May the people in these pages be blessed. And any others, who, following You, enter into this Holy Place; May they be blessed, too. May all our families know Your unconditional love, endless joy, and eternal hope, Always and everywhere. Grant to us Your unfailing courage and fathomless peace in...

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“From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise…The God of peace will be with you.”  (Phil. 4:8, 9b)

April, 2019 “From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise…The...

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Sermon for May 2019

The Methodist Church has an “Open Table,” which means anyone can receive the elements: in this case, flat bread and grape juice, which in our ritual/liturgy we pray to become the Body and Blood of Jesus, which I translate to mean the “Strength and Spirit” of Christ, in order to...

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“Come unto [me,] all ye that labour…and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:28).

While in high school I learned these words from Handel's Messiah, and the words there were “he/him” instead of “me/I.” I always thought they were from the Biblical book of the prophet Isaiah, and that Jesus was repeating these words of scripture when he spoke them personally in Matthew. The...

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