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Articles

Who IS Jesus?

Published January 9, 2018

Published Jan. 9th, in the Delmont Record. Who IS Jesus? Even though we are just over a week into the new calendar year, when it comes to the Church Year, we are already over a month into it. Traditionally, the new year for the Church begins with Advent which, in this cycle, began on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Advent is the first of the seasons of the Church Year and is followed by Christmas. The Christmas season begins on December 25th and lasts twelve days (have you wondered why we sing about ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’?) and ends with […]

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Who Is in Control?

Published September 8, 2017

(published in Delmont Record, September 12, 2017) Who Is in Control? “I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. 6 The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.”  Psalm 135:5-6 As we look around our nation and the world today, it is easy to be reminded that there are many things that are out of our control. We look on helplessly as hurricanes batter major cities inflicting great damage and, sadly, loss of life. We look on helplessly as wildfires rage across […]

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Let Freedom Ring

Published July 4, 2017

(Delmont Record – 7/4/2017) Let Freedom Ring Every Fourth of July we, as a nation, celebrate freedom. We remember how fortunate we are to live in a country where we enjoy a great amount of liberty. There are many things we can do here in America that many others around the world cannot. We celebrate freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and many others. These freedoms have become so ingrained in us that it is difficult for us to imagine living life any other way, and there are very few among us who […]

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The Centrality of Easter

Published April 18, 2017

(Delmont Record – 4/18/2017) The Centrality of Easter Then Jesus told [Thomas], “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”   John 20:29 These words were spoken to Thomas by the resurrected Jesus. He had appeared earlier to the other disciples, but Thomas was missing. Despite hearing their accounts of their encounter with the risen Lord, Thomas refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead until he could see for himself. Jesus granted this request, and Thomas responded with belief declaring, “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:28). […]

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Peace and Quiet

Published January 27, 2017

(Delmont Record – 1/27/2017) Peace and Quiet The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field. The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.  – Isaiah 32:16-18 When we look at this world and our country today, we don’t always see the good things talked about in this passage: justice, peace, quietness, confidence, peaceful places, secure homes, and places of rest. These are the types of things everyone longs for, […]

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