A Meditation

The fire of God is inside each of us.  Placed there long ago by the Holy Spirit.  As you breathe in and out, that fire contains God given life alive with new possibilities along with a still calm voice of God leading us in paths where love, faith, hope, and a giving heart direct our words and actions. A question to consider is how is that fire inside each of us? It is a bold blue flame – focused, potent and concentrated on what we do and say.  Is there a good red glow that comforts and warms u…

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Prayers for Orlando Shooting Victims

Once again we have seen a terrible tragedy occur in our country. The people in Orlando were minding their own business, having fun on a Saturday night when all of a sudden a man with terrible hatred in his heart took the lives of over 50 young people with just as many injured. Why does this keep happening in our country? What can we do? I know that I feel helpless in times like this. I struggle to understand why we allow a person to buy a weapon that is designed for our military. I struggle to …

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Reflections from Jerry

Thank God for Women Abraham is greatly honored as the Father of faith. It's time to give great thanks for Sarah. One day, angelic messengers tell Abraham that his wife will have a child within the year. They ask him, "Where is your wife Sarah?" " There in the tent," he said. Then the Lord said," I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already old…

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Reflections from Andy

The Four Stages of Faith Brian McLaren is a contemporary Christian writer and speaker. In one of his books, Naked Spirituality, he lays out his understanding of the stages we can move through if we desire to live a full, mature, Christian faith. I have lived with these stages for several years now, and I find them to be very helpful.  The stages go like this:   Simplicity. When in this stage, a person believes people are either with them or against them. It’s all or nothing when thinking a…

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Reflections from Ed Dunlap

Two things I remember from my confirmation class 61 years ago is the General Thanksgiving as found in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the definition of a sacrament. As I learned that definition, “a sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.” Those sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. The other sacramental rites or actions are confirmation, ordination, holy matrimony, reconciliation…

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