“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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“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Come into His presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:1, 2b, 3, 5)

When I was four years old, I went to my first choir rehearsal.  It was 1954, and the little Sunday school room in the basement of Community Presbyterian church was Full of other 4 year olds.  Our teacher, whose name I don’t recall, set us up on some small risers,...

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