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rough week to preaching on Sunday

How does one go from having had a really rough week to preaching on Sunday? And of all things, lectionary this week is on the B-attitudes? Blessed are… I certainly did not feel blessed this week in any stretch of the imagination. I felt awful, felt disappointed and sad, and just all around not had […]

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trying to hear and listen to my own voice

is this a true silence? no words or noise can be heard now. but there are thoughts, feelings, and dreams to be expressed. ideas waiting to be engaged in conversation awaiting acceptance or push back. but nothing can be heard now. because the voice has been ignored too many times. the voice from within has […]

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hallelujahs to the LORD

Why is it so hard on Monday mornings to start up again? It’s so hard fo concentrate or even to know what to do or how to prioritize sometimes.  So I decided to “watch” yesterday’s Sunday worship service online. I worship online with Willow Creek Community Church at South Barrington, IL (Chicago area). Services are […]

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pastoral message – mourning into joy 1/5/2020

mourning into joy – recorded 1/5/2020 How do we move from mourning to joy? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom: 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;     all those who practice it have a good understanding.     His praise endures forever. Psalm 111:10 (NRSV) Action and understanding go together. […]

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pastoral message – praise the Lord! 12/29/2019

praise the Lord! – recorded on 12/29/2019 can we praise the Lord under all circumstances? how?