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Message Supplement (16 March 2014)

Everybody who reads this has been born. Sure, we can playfully call attention to the obvious. But the next topic, spiritual birth, isn’t as obvious. John’s Gospel reveals a great story about Jesus meeting a man named Nicodemus, someone described as “a leader of the Jews” (John 3:1). Jesus...
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Message Supplement (9 March 2014)

Jesus’ temptation is quite the scene. The up-and-coming Messiah had no sooner finished being baptized than he was driven by the Spirit into the wilderness. The text (Matthew 4:1-11)  indicates that Jesus ate nothing for forty days, a feat that would leave most ordinary humans emaciated or worse.   feel...
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Faith Fitness (25 February 2014)

The chill is still gripping Michigan but you wouldn’t know it from the energetic discussion in Faith Fitness. One of our Faith Fitness members returned from a spiritual development retreat in Hawaii. OK, so we were all a little envious about the warm, balmy location far from the frigid...
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Message Supplement (2 March 2014)

Today is Transfiguration Sunday, a time when we consider Jesus’ true nature and learn about how we can also be transformed by God. If you somehow feel stuck in the spiritual doldrums, this story may light up your day with faith vitality. The story begins with Jesus trekking with...
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Message Supplement (23 February 2014)

Today’s Sunday message comes from a closing section of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus quotes from the Old Testament Jewish law and then weaves it into a gospel tour de force. Be advised that the issues discussed are not for the squeamish! The notable theme of conciliation...
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Message Supplement (2 February 2014)

Paul chats with us through one of today’s lectionary readings, that of 1 Corinthians 1:18-37. The focus is Paul’s view of wisdom. Brace yourself, ‘cause at some point I will disagree with our hallowed biblical author. We can trust Paul, but even he is not above criticism. The gist...
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Faith Fitness (28 January 2014)

Brrr! It’s cold over here. We’re nearing record lows and the frigid, silent air is freezing ice crystals on my kitchen window. My son Sean is home today due to the cold-related school closure. This means that we are both working from home today and glad that we can...
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Message Supplement (2 February 2014)

Paul chats with us through one of today’s lectionary readings, that of 1 Corinthians 1:18-37. The focus is Paul’s view of wisdom. Brace yourself, ‘cause at some point I will disagree with our hallowed biblical author. We can trust Paul, but even he is not above criticism. The gist...
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Faith Fitness (21 January 2014) “Mindfulness” –part 2!

Today we had another splendid meeting. As usual, our participants shared their life experiences since our last meeting, all with a thematic tie-in to our recent topic of mindfulness, which we began exploring and defining last week (see the post for 14 January). Given the quality and quantity of...
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