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Getting things done in Catania

A balanced perspective is necessary to get some things done in Catania.

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Answering the Trump Ban on Refugees

Facebook has been on fire about Trump’s recent ban on refugees.  Some people love the idea of keeping refugees out, especially those from Muslim countries.  Some people can’t believe this is happening in America. For those that are appalled by this action, is any of this really that surprising?  I mean, come on.  As a […]

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Obeying Jesus’s Commands – Be Reconciled

Pride is one of the most powerful forces in the world.  When we come into conflict with one another, pride becomes quickly noticeable within ourselves, even when we don’t want to admit it.  We feel that we are justified in our actions, and even if we are having a difficult time coming up with good reasons […]

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Obeying Jesus’s Commands – Shine

As someone from the Midwestern part of the United States, this command at first seems counterintuitive to me.  One of the things that I think Americans generally, and Midwesterners in particular, deem offensive is someone who is a boasts about themselves, who not only does good things, but then goes on to tell other people […]

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Obeying Jesus’s Commands – Follow

The commands of Jesus have a way of reverberating through the centuries, even those that he gave to some fishermen as he was walking along the seashore. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Given other things that Jesus told his disciples to do, including making other […]

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21 Years and Counting

Today is our 21st wedding anniversary!  This last year has been filled with some amazing joys and some significant challenges for us.  I think we would both say that it has, at times, put our resolve for our marriage to the test, but we’re still standing.  Somewhat jokingly, we said last night that survival can sometimes […]

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Obeying Jesus’s Commands – Repentance

At the end of his time on earth, Jesus told the eleven disciples who were left that they were to make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that he has commanded. So that creates a question…what did Jesus command?  What was his […]

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Four Soils – Weeds of Affluence

Recently, a friend of mine decided that he wanted to follow Jesus, but he had a serious roadblock arise in that his only remaining family member, who happened to be the person who raised him since he was a small boy, told him that if he were to decide to follow through with his plans […]

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Outline to December 25 2016 Talk

It is time for me to begin to put together an outline for my talk in the next 10 days.  Of course, this will be subject to change, but here are some of my ideas about what I want to say: Reading of the story of the birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-20 God has […]

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History Leading Up to Christmas

Many years before God began His judgement of His people, Moses warned the Israelites that they must follow God or He will judge them.  He told the people: You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the Lord your God. […]