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Mark 4:35-41 One of the great things I remember about growing up was our town. I knew almost everybody who lived there, its history and

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Knowing the Truth

“‘Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free'” (John 8:31-2).  We hear the last part of that passage quite often, but many don’t recognize the source or that Jesus said it to Jewish believers.”

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Jesus and the Law

“Jesus called the disabled man over before turning to the Pharisees, asking, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” It wasn’t a question the Pharisees wanted to answer.”

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A Year and Vision

“If I were to gauge the past year (in my own opinion, of course), and if I were to put that gauge onto a Snellen opthalmological scale, I’d put it at about 20/200. I’d practically have to put my nose to the mirror to be able to see a clear reflection.”

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Stephen and Wenceslaus

“As we go walk the Christmas season and look forward to Epiphany, let us remember to give to others. It doesn’t necessarily have to be money or tangible goods; it can be a simple welcoming smile or hug, listening, helping with rides to doctor’s appointments, or meeting whatever need might present itself.”

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Leveling Mountains, Exalting Valleys

“Still, the metaphor of the mountains flattening and the valleys rising reminds me of how perhaps God wanted the earth to be: an even playing field with no rich and poor but only equals in every sense.”

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The Imperfections of Advent

“For the rest of Advent, I’m going to focus on recognizing the importance of seeing imperfections not as blemishes to be covered up but as places where the light shines in. Of all the gifts I could give God, the one God seems to want most is my putting my imperfect self in God’s hands.”

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Scotosis vs. the Teachings of Jesus

“During Advent, as we wait to celebrate the birth of the one who taught love, kindness, and empathy, could it be a project simply to love without requiring reciprocation or expectation? Could we help calm the anxieties and tone down the rhetoric that have been so much a part of our year so far?”

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Telling the Story

“Sometimes we exaggerate just a little or leave out bits that don’t make us feel good about our selves. Our stories began when we were born, with the tales our parents and grandparents told us about what we did and were like before we had any conscious memories of them.”

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