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Archives: October 2019

Oct 31, 2019 - Amy Norton

Zacchaeus was a wee little manAnd a wee little man was heHe climbed up in a sycamore treeFor the Lord he wanted to see

And when the Savior passed that wayHe looked up in the treeAnd said, 'Zacchaeus, you come down!For I'm going to your house today!For I'm going to your house today!'

Zacchaeus was a wee little manBut a happy man was he...

Oct 23, 2019 - Kent French

This Sunday, we continue exploring some of Jesus' parables in the Gospel of Luke.

This week's parable (Luke 18:9-14), is about a righteous Pharisee and a worldly tax-collector praying side-by-side. The Pharisee is giving thanks for how pious and holy he is, while the tax-collector is asking for mercy and fessing up to his imperfections. Jesus observes that the tax-collector ...

Oct 17, 2019 - Amy Norton

When I was 3 or 4 years old and my mother was feeling particularly exasperated by her argumentative, persistent first-born, she would often sigh and say "God, give me patience." She later recounted to me one instance when she sighed in frustration...and then heard my little voice chime in, "Talk to God, mommy!"

Prayer is how we talk to God, and as anyone can tell you, communication is key to any healthy relationship, be it romantic, familial, platonic, or divine. 

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Oct 10, 2019 - Amy Norton

You know the old saying, "strike while the iron's hot"?  Well, what if the iron is very, very cold, and there's not a fire in sight? That is the situation the Israelites found themselves in in this Sunday's scripture reading, Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7. Captured by the Babylonians, they have no idea when (or even if) they will ever return home and be able to get to work being God's people,...

Oct 03, 2019 - Kent French

Have you ever been at a dinner party or reception where you really didn’t know people that well? Maybe you were a friend of a friend. Maybe you were the guest of a new acquaintance. Maybe you just crashed the party.

Depending on where you are on the introvert/extrovert scale, you may have keenly felt your outsider status, retreated into the walls, felt uncomfortable and gone home early. Or you naturally broke through any awkwardness, extended yourself to others, discovered common...