September 2016 archive

Sep 30

Before You Go on Fall Break

It is that week!  It happens each spring and fall with the schools taking a week long break.  Families head out of town  for a week of vacation.  Our church attendance will likely be significantly down this Sunday as many of our people will be gone. Before you leave, or maybe while you are in …

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Sep 23

Group-Tipping Our Christian Duty

I don’t think anyone likes it, except the waiters, when restrauants add a mandatory percentage of tip when you are dining as a big group.  Likely the main reason for such is they have learned when people eat in big groups it requires more work from the servers and often people don’t tip like they …

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Sep 22

“Jesus a Friend to Sinners”: What Does It Mean?

We love the expression, “Jesus a friend to sinners.”  We have popularized it in songs and it appeals to our need of his love.  But it was originally applied by his enemies who were accusing him of sin.¹  What does this expression mean for our lives today? It does not mean . . .  Certainly …

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Sep 14

Drawing Faith Lines: A Lesson from Patent Shoes

We are called to live out an ancient faith in this modern world.  This means we often have to use biblical principles to make judgments about what we should and should not do in this world.  Christians often disagree on these judgements and controversy seems to surround these topics. We were discussing this idea in ladies’ …

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Sep 11

Family Vacation and Church Retreat Rolled into One

I had always thought about family vacations and church retreats being separate things.  A church retreat is usually just for a weekend get away.  It is intense and involves people spending most all of their time with church family.  It is typically within driving distance and often at some type of a camp or park. …

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Sep 08

Letting Go of the Junk in Your Truck!

Here is my true parable for you: I had trouble letting go of a small blow-up water trampoline!  It wasn’t that I loved the trampoline or had lots of special memories associated with the trampoline; no it was because it represented a mistake I made!  The trampoline was purchased for the kids to use in …

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Sep 06

The Who and What of Sainthood

On Sunday, September 4th, Mother Teresa was named a “saint” by the Roman Catholic church in a ceremony attended by around 200,000 people in St. Peter’s Square.  Mother Teresa died on September 5th, 1997.  She was known for her love and care to the homeless and suffering. She ministered in India and is known for …

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