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I Don't Celebrate Easter

Posted on April 21, 2019 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 


It is funny how sometimes things hit you differently than they may at other times, this past Thursday was one of those times. Right before leaving work a person wished me a “Happy Easter”. Now I’m not sure why it hit me the way it did, and to be perfectly honest I initially didn’t know how to respond. I was left with nothing more than a simple “Than...

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What is Faith? Faith is a Decision!

Posted on April 14, 2019 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)


In today’s world, the word “faith” is a common part of speech. You may hear someone say, “You just gotta have a little faith” or you may hear someone referred to as a man or woman ‘of faith’ or even a whole group referred to as a ‘People of faith’, but what does it mean, what are we saying? Often, there is an assumption that when we are tal...

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A Film That Could Change the World

Posted on March 31, 2019 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)


I just read a review of the new movie “Unplanned”. The review was written by a young woman who said that before watching the film she had always considered herself to be pro choice, but had been encouraged to go and keep an open mind.

She wrote, “I was moved to tears several times during the film and actually appreciated the way that the workers of Planne...

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For Such A Time As This

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)


This past Wednesday evening at sunset began the celebration of Purim and it lasted until sunset on Thursday evening. Unless you are Jewish, the holiday probably came and went without you even noticing. So, for you Gentile Christians, what is Purim, and why should we even care? Well, we should care because it comes right out of the Bible, The book of Esther. In fact the beginning of the Holiday is foun...

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St. Patricks Day

Posted on March 17, 2019 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Imagine growing up in a home where you had experienced at least some level of privilege, only to find yourself being taken by force by a band of roaming marauders. Yes, being kidnapped, sold and then forced to serve as a slave among a people who were very much different than yourself. A different language, a different culture and yes, even different gods. Yes, to find yourself living as a slave to a b...

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When Does a Child Cease to Be a Child

Posted on March 3, 2019 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)


A few weeks ago in my Pastor’s Pen called “ A Recipe for Evil” we took a brief look at the Holocaust and how and why it came to be. On January 22, the 46th anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision, the NY Senate and Assembly passed the bill to “protect” a woman’s “Right” to an abortion to the time of childbirth. Shortly after this, the Governor of Virgini...

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Building Walls

Posted on February 17, 2019 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)



Well, if you live in this country you have probably heard far more about building walls than you ever wanted to. None the less, I hope that you will bear me out as we talk about them one more time. 

Now, when I think about walls, I think about two in particular: The first is the Great Wall of China and the second is the Berlin Wall. Ironically, these walls...

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It's All About Love! Really?

Posted on February 10, 2019 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Now, I don’t have anything against retailers, after all, it is their advertising dollars that have paid for much of the “free” things that we enjoy in this country, but they do like us to spend our money. When we look back at Valentines Day, I’ve got to say that I believe that we have missed the point.

The person that we know as Saint Valen...

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Why Did Jesus Die?

Posted on February 3, 2019 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 



I suppose that one of the truly great mysteries, at least for me, is “Why did Jesus Die?” Now, I understand what the Bible tells us about sin, and the reality that we sinners needed a Savior. I understand that our sin had separated us from God and that there was nothing in our power that we could do so as to restore that relationship. I understand that the penalty...

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A Recipe for Evil

Posted on January 27, 2019 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)


Take the evil of your choice,                                                                                                    &#...

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'Happy' New Year?

Posted on January 6, 2019 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)


First, I will acknowledge that at this point the greeting seems to be a little bit belated, but none-the-less, this is the first Sunday of 2019. You probably noticed that the word “Happy” was in italics and that I ended my title with a question mark. Well, at this point in 2019 there is truly a big question as to whether or not 2019 will, in fact, be a happy year. After all, we are in the...

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The End is Near

Posted on December 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)


The phrase can sound ominous. The end of what? The end of the world? The end of Time? The end of Mankind? On the other hand, it could be talking about something good. The end of a long trip, the end of a long hard day at work. The end of a school year. Or, as in our case, It could merely be a statement of fact, the end of another year is near. Yes, without context it is impossible to know the intent....

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The Gift of Christmas

Posted on December 23, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Now I realize that is not an original title, in fact in all probability little if anything that I write is truly original. (I simply restate things that have already been said by people that are far smarter than I am.) None-the-less, today I would like to talk about “The Gift of Christmas”. No, not the Book, not the play, and not even the movie. Yes, the title has been used by others, ...

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Why I Celebrate Christmas

Posted on December 17, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)


I recently saw a post written by a person who had grown up in the church and they were expressing their view on why we should Not celebrate Christmas. The argument was well written and well thought out, and I would readily admit that they had some compelling arguments for why we, as believers today, should not participate in the Christmas Holiday and in my lifetime I have known many believers choose ...

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Perspective

Posted on December 2, 2018 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Have you ever noticed how time seems to just fly between Thanksgiving and Christmas? I mean, we have our big Thanksgiving celebration filled with family and food and shopping and then we blink our eyes and Christmas is upon us. Now I realize that this is a routine that we should be used to, after all we have experienced it every year of our lives, but none the less it seems to always catch me just a ...

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Christmas Again?

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Every year we seem to repeat the same pattern: First there is Thanksgiving, followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the Christmas rush is on. With just a little over 4 weeks till Christmas Day, there is much to do. Between shopping for presents, planning for parties, church and school activities, the task ahead of you may seem overwhelming, if not impossible.

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Are You Thankful?

Posted on November 18, 2018 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)



Every year with the coming of Thanksgiving, we are reminded to be thankful, but are you? Is your thankfulness demonstrated in your attitude? If someone were to ask the person that is with you more than any other if you are thankful, would they say that you are a thankful person? The sad reality is: if you are like many who live in this country of ours, you may not be. Let me ask ...

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Thank-You!

Posted on November 11, 2018 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Today being Veteran’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to say “Thank you” to all who have served our great nation in the US military. Now I realize that service in the military can be a very difficult thing, as it requires, to one degree or another, those who serve to put their lives on hold and allow service to our nation to become the priority. This requires living life with a realizat...

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Vote for Liberty!

Posted on November 4, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Don't you just wish the election was over? Aren't you just sick and tired of the election adds? Wouldn’t it be nice to just get back to normal commercials? If you said yes to these questions you probably fit in with most Americans. Furthermore, there are some who are so sick and tired of them that they would wish that elections would just go away forever. They don’t want to hear any more about it. They ...

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Pray! Then Vote.

Posted on October 21, 2018 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Normally speaking, Mid-term Elections are viewed with kind of an indifferent attitude. You may have heard people make statements like “It’s only the Midterm” or something like that, but if you have been watching any tv then you know that this year is quite different. I hate to say this, but I believe that from a strictly political view that it is all about ‘Power’. Who w...

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