KAREN PASSES THE BATON TO CARA
“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in very much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in very much.” As we studied that verse at our Bible Study of Luke last Wednesday, my thoughts naturally turned toward Karen Hansen, her 18 years [...]
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A PASTORAL LETTER
Circulating pastoral letters among churches is as old as Peter and Paul, Titus and Philemon. I saw one a month ago from the President of the United Church of Christ, John Dorhauer. May I share it with you here and ask for your reaction?
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A Snapshot of a Church: True Story
Brian looked like a Harley Davidson enthusiast meets pro-wrestler. He was nearly seven feet tall, weighed over three hundred pounds, usually wore all black with a chain connecting his belt to the wallet in his pocket, had long black hair, a full beard, and blasted heavy metal in his car.
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A CULTURE OF HOSPITALITY, Part II
What would it mean if we valued first NOT our own comfort, ease and standing at First Congregational? But if we focused more on the visitor or guest who won-ders if she could ever belong here, and asks herself that at our periphery? That would make us more of a [...]
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WHO ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE AT FCC?
I’ve had this quote sitting atop my desk for weeks. I share it now because this Sunday, after our 10 am service, is our Annual Meeting part one, to consider our 2019 budget. At the meeting, some will invariably look at the ledger and say about our number of pledging [...]
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WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HYMNS?
As spirits sag this dank time of year, am I the only one who indulges in “hymn therapy?” It’s a great way to treat what ails you. Hymn tunes and lyrics both can serve us as a God-prescribed salve for any situation. More than a psychological lift, hymns can feed [...]
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How to Lucid Dream
I have always been intrigued by the concept of lucid dreaming. Look up the term “lucid dream” and you can find “3 Ways to Lucid Dream”, “8 Powerful Lucid Dreaming Tactics”, and tips, tricks, dangers, and benefits.
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STARS IN OUR EYES
Looking at the night sky has always made us wonder deeply about our human life and destiny. Noticing change in the night sky makes us ponder change, not afar, but down here on the earth. Sometimes nighttime change signals fear, like the appearance of comets. Other times change prompts wonder [...]
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It Needs To Be Said
There is a rather large elephant in the room and I just need to address it. And no, I am not going to be talked down or convinced otherwise. This is simply so obvious, so glaringly apparent, and so tremendously clear that I need to dedicate this particular flash to [...]
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GOD’S DARING PLAN
God saw the mess the world was in and decided to do something about it. As He drew up the plan, he noticed that babies were the one exception to the mess the world had made of itself. “Babies did not got to war,” Barbara Brown Taylor dreamily writes. “They [...]
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