On the Tightrope

On the Tightrope

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My favorite part of the circus was always the tightrope walkers. The amazing performers could walk, ride bicycles, do acrobatic stunts, and more all while standing on a wire suspended 30 feet in the air. I trip walking down the sidewalk. The secret is balance. If you can keep your balance, you can be in the circus, too (or make it down the sidewalk). Balance is important not only in life but in our spiritual walk as well. Deuteronomy 12:32 describes the balance that every person needs to have the life you were created to have: God’s word, no less, no more. See you Sunday!
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Just a Reminder

Just a Reminder

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My phone updated its operating system and my notifications went crazy. For some reason all of my calendar events began to notify me the day before the event. I do have notifications set for important events, but not every single calendar entry. I need a reminder that I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, but I don’t really need to know that tomorrow is Boxer Day in Canada. There are those reminders in life that are vital. This week, we will learn some ways that we can place reminders in our life about the Word of God (Deuteronomy 11:18-19). See you Sunday!
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A Good Deal

A Good Deal

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Everybody is looking for a good deal. Each morning on the news, a reporter tells you where the best price for gasoline is in your area. Unfortunately, the best price is never in my area. Before going to the station with the best price, I have to figure out if the gas I would use to get there would cost more than I would save. Modern life is so confusing. There is much more math than I expected. Most of the time, it’s not worth the drive. Life is often about figuring out what is worth the effort. In Deuteronomy 10, Moses describes the truth we all need to understand, that God is worthy of our praise (Deuteronomy 10:20-22). Join us this week as we find out why. See you…
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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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The number of unique days during the COVID-19 response continues as we prepare to experience Mother’s Day Sunday without being able to physically meet together for worship. Many families are facing the reality that they will not even be able to meet for lunch. As all of us figure out how to send a new hug emoji, we join each other in facing a bit of lock-down fatigue, and a holiday like Mother's Day only reemphasizes that emotion. If nothing else, this crisis has focused us on the things that are important. This week, we will dig into a passage where Moses reminded the nation of Israel of what was important. Join us this week as we celebrate our Moms and remember what they taught us: the most important thing…
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Tactical Grocery Shopping

Tactical Grocery Shopping

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I’ve learned all kinds of new skills during this season of COVID-19, but one is tactical shopping at Walmart. I’ve never been a great fan of grocery shopping, but now more than ever I want to get in, get out, and get home. Fortunately, pretty much everyone else wants to do the same thing. We all know what is on our grocery list, figure out which aisle it is on and follow the arrows on the floor so that we go the right direction to get there. The secret is to know what you want before you go to the store. In a way, this was the key for the nation of Israel, except that they didn’t need to know what they wanted; they needed to know what God wants.…
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Co-workers

Co-workers

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I have been blessed through the years to have some excellent co-workers. Whether it has been staff members at churches where I have served, or fellow employees at jobs where I have worked, one of the great joys of being employed is the people you get to meet. You quickly learn that you can’t get it done on your own. When everyone does their part, the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a blessing to see talented people doing what they do best. No matter whether you are retired, work in a small family-owned shop, in a company of thousands, or even if you are currently unemployed, if you know Christ, you have an amazing co-worker. This week we find out what it means that…
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The Deep End

The Deep End

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I remember swimming lessons, both when I learned to swim and when my daughters learned. Swimming lessons haven’t changed much in the last several decades. As children reach certain ages, they are gathered at the local public swimming pool where brave lifeguards show them how to hang onto a miniature surfboard made out of styrofoam, kick, float on their back, turn their head and breath, and eventually, how to jump off the diving board. Somewhere between the mini surfboard and the diving board, kids learn how to swim. That’s important because the diving board is located on the deep end of the pool. I think the deep end of our local pool was about 10 feet, but when you are only three feet tall, that looks like the Pacific Ocean.…
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He is Risen!

He is Risen!

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This Sunday, we join our voices with believers around the world with the same chorus: He Is Risen! The power of that message reverberates in Paul’s words recorded in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. Paul focused his life on one thing: Jesus the Risen Savior. Join us online this Easter Sunday to find out how you can do the same. See you Easter Sunday!
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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

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This Sunday and next mark a time of reflection and celebration in the lives of Christians around the world. For the first time in memory, we will not be able to physically worship together for Palm Sunday and Easter. That’s disappointing, but it cannot, does not, and will not stop the people of God from worshiping the Risen Savior. Acts 16:23-26 (NIV)  23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a…
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Group Photo

Group Photo

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In a box somewhere buried in one of our closets is a rolled-up panoramic photo of my high school senior class. We all stood on a series of risers, all 600 students, and a special camera took our photo. The camera was mounted on a tripod that turned so that the entire class could be in the picture. The photographer told us to stand perfectly still while the camera was turning. In my sister’s class photo, one guy got the bright idea to stand on one end until the camera turned past him, then run behind the risers to the other side, so he is in the class photo twice. I’m pretty sure he only got one diploma. Looking at that photo brings back great memories of my friends in…
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