Religion

Peace is more than just absence of war

December 15, 2017 at 3:00 am

We typically think of “peace” as the absence of hatred, war, strife, prejudice and hostility in all of society. During this Christmas season we hear many people singing carols and proclaiming “peace on earth, good will toward men.” That’s g...

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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree...

December 15, 2017 at 3:00 am

I put up the Christmas tree a while ago. It celebrates Christ’s birth.First of all, there is a wonderful ceramic manger scene. It is always placed at the center of the tree. This is what Christmas is all about. In my thinking, it is the mos...

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Do you have a favorite song?

December 08, 2017 at 3:00 am

In our household, when I was quite young, we had a record player. I don’t remember my exact age; perhaps I was 4 years old? It belonged to one or both of my older sisters. Looking back, I never did ask whose it was. I just knew that it wasn...

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The true meaning of Christmas

December 06, 2017 at 3:00 am

My mom, my wife and my daughter all like Hallmark Channel movies. I wonder about the girls in my life because although these movies are enjoyable, there is nothing new about any of them — you can see every plot development coming a mile awa...

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You’re my only hope

December 01, 2017 at 3:00 am

“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope!” Remember these epic words spoken by Princess Leia in a hologram message in Stars Wars? In the midst of a hopeless situation, the princess of the Rebellion sends out a desperate message. As she ...

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Remember to treat others well

December 01, 2017 at 3:00 am

There are a couple of ways of saying this.“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, h...

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A person of value

November 24, 2017 at 3:00 am

Her name is Joan. You probably wouldn’t know that, but you might recognize her. You’ve never looked in her eyes, but her life is on display.Homeless, she wanders. Almost daily she comes to our office, and we are eager to know her. Receiving...

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Do you need a new lens of faith?

November 24, 2017 at 3:00 am

For years I used the “monovision” method (a single contact lens instead of two). That lens would go on the dominant eye, for distance vision. The other eye, without a lens, was tasked with reading and dealing with other things up close. I k...

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Meeting people on the way

November 17, 2017 at 3:00 am

At Serve Moses Lake, we sometimes are called upon to join with people for a good stretch of their journey. Other times, we are only a small point along the way in someone’s journey. Last month, we met a man stuck in Moses Lake, which he bel...

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A slice of pie from an old family recipe

November 17, 2017 at 3:00 am

As a pastor, the most valuable training I have ever received is in something called “family systems theory.”I participated in this program, years ago, in Dallas, Texas. I took two semesters of the course. I am so very glad I did for my own ...

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