Mnemonic Device

Mnemonic Device

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In school, we learned to use mnemonic devices. These were tools to help us remember the facts we were supposed to know for our exams – at least I think I remember that’s what they were. I guess I needed a mnemonic device to remember what a mnemonic device is. Probably the best known mnemonic device is Roy G. Biv, designed to help science students remember the colors of the rainbow (Roy G. Biv contains the first letters of the colors in order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). The first four commandments in the Ten Commandments can be remembered with two words: Remember God. This Sunday, we will discover how keeping those commands (Exodus 20:1-11) will help us do exactly that. See you Sunday!
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Royal Title

Royal Title

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In case you were wondering, understanding the British system of peerage is pretty much impossible. The King/Queen stands at the top, given the power to grant all other titles. A prince or a princess is the child of the King/Queen, a title that one can only be born with, except that a woman adopts her husband’s title when they are married. Thus, it is improper to call Kate Middleton “Princess Kate” because she wasn’t born with it. However, it is correct to refer to her as Princess William of Wales, because she has now adopted her husband, William’s, title. Following so far? You’re not the only one who may be confused. In the dust-up that has followed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s renunciation of their royal titles, they will continue…
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FaceTime

FaceTime

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Marsha and I have learned the art of using FaceTime. For those of you who don’t have grandchildren, FaceTime is Apple’s app that allows users to video chat over the internet. That way, we get to see our granddaughter with avocados all over her face, rather than just imagine it. And she has learned to blow kisses. Nothing like an avocado kiss from an 18-month-old to get your day going. However, to FaceTime, you have to position your phone or tablet so the person you are calling can see you. Previously, this meant holding our phone at arm’s length so that both Marsha and I could get in the shot – we wouldn’t want our granddaughter to forget what Grammie and Granddad look like. After a few minutes of this,…
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Thirsty

Thirsty

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Years ago when I played on a softball team, we would go to Whataburger after every practice. It wasn’t for the hamburgers, although they did have some amazing burgers. They had a special deal on fountain drinks – 64 ounces for $1.50. I’m not sure 64 ounces of Dr. Pepper was the healthiest option, but on a hot summer afternoon, I didn’t care. I was thirsty and a bucket of DP really hit the spot. The Israelites had built up a much more severe thirst than an afternoon on the softball field. They had been traveling for days through the desert without water and were in desperate need. The passage (Exodus 17:7) teaches us about a much more desperate need. Join us this Sunday to find out about how to…
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The Rest

The Rest

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The Rest We all know the importance of rest. Scientists estimate that the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep per day; about 65% of adults in the United States get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Of the roughly 208 million adults in the US, that means about 78 million of them are really tired. We all need rest. This Sunday, we will look at the importance of a sabbath, not only physically, but spiritually as well (Exodus 16:22-30). It’s more important than you think. See you Sunday!
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High School Reunion

High School Reunion

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I haven’t had the opportunity to go to one of my high school reunions. As far as I know, they haven’t had one in several years. I’m guessing that experience would be a mixed bag. There would be some good conversations catching up with what’s been going on in everyone’s life through the years and probably some reminiscing about the “good ol’ days.” The fact is, though, high school is a roller coaster for most people. Trying to sort through the lunchroom politics and pecking order while attempting to pass chemistry could be a challenge. Some “good ol’ days” weren’t all that good. So it was for the nation of Israel. They longed for the good ol’ days . . . in slavery back in Egypt. Join us this week…
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Fresh Water

Fresh Water

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For Christmas, we bought a pitcher that filters water. It’s not that our water is all that bad, but the pitcher does take out some of the impurities and taste out of our tap water. There’s nothing quite like a cool, clean glass of water on a hot day. Especially if you’ve been walking through the desert all week. Moses and the people of Israel began their journey out of Egypt with great excitement. Walking through an ocean on dry land will do that for you. But that was before; this was now. They were in the desert with no water in sight. It’s hard to blame them for some disappointment, even some fear. But in this experience, Moses and the people learned an important lesson we all need to…
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Victory Celebration

Victory Celebration

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People celebrate victory in all kinds of ways. The Romans held a parade for military leaders when they won a significant battle. The victorious commander wore a laurel crown while riding in a chariot pulled by four horses. He would be followed by wagons loaded with whatever riches had been captured, along with musicians and actors performing various reenactments of the battle. Football players, in leagues where it is allowed, celebrate touchdowns in the end zone. Elmo Wright, a wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1969, is credited with the first end zone dance in NFL history. Exodus 15 records a victory celebration after God delivered them from the armies of Egypt by parting the Red Sea. Join us this Sunday to find out how we can all…
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Well almost. The new year doesn’t begin until Wednesday, but as 2019 comes to a close it gives everyone an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of the year gone by, and look forward to what God is going to do in 2020. Join us this Sunday as we learn the most important thing every person needs to do to get ready for the new year (Revelation 22:20). See you Sunday!
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He’s Coming Back!

He’s Coming Back!

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I remember when I was in college and the president came to town. A huge crowd gathered at the airport to see Air Force One land. The president got off the plane, shook hands with the mayor, waved at the crowd, got back on Air Force One and continued on his journey. And the crowd loved it. They had waited out there all day for a five-minute glimpse of the president. I get it. It’s not every day that the leader of the free world visits your town. Even if you didn’t vote for him, it’s worth heading out to the airport. The shepherds rushed to see something even greater. They went to Bethlehem to see the Savior. This week, we celebrate this extraordinary event, and will read in Revelation…
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