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December 8, 2017

Have you ever considered just how much of the Christmas season seems to focus on recovery of something that has gotten lost?   This notion dawned upon me earlier this week while I was researching a sermon illustration.           Back in the cobwebs of my memory was the story of Silas Marner written in 1861 […]

December 7, 2017

We’re having a tremendous Thursday, albeit perhaps a melancholy one.  Today marks the seventy-sixth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor invasion.             I was not alive when this strategic naval base was attacked.  Even so, I suspect every single one of us is in one way or another is still living through the ripples of […]

December 6, 2017

This morning I am still relishing the memory of an extraordinary Christmas concert that I was privileged to attend last night, put on by the Community Singers of Lake Norman.           Joy was especially enhanced for me because quite a number of Asburians participate with this singing group on an on-going basis; and, I got […]

December 5, 2017

Earlier this morning I recalled a special joy that I am always excited to experience; and, it’s an Asbury tradition!           On the first Sunday of Advent each year, we decorate our sanctuary tree with lovely Chrismons…right in the middle of our worship service! During the children’s moment of worship, I explain to the kids that […]

December 1, 2017

This morning I had a weird thought while reading one of Paul’s letters. In Colossians 1:17, Paul wrote, “He is before all things, and by him all things are sustained (Aramaic Text).”           Funny thing, as I read that verse I heard the voice of Sam Jackson in that TV commercial saying, “What’s in your wallet?” […]

November 30, 2017

Where do you feel called today?           This morning I was thinking that folks sort of come in three categories. They seem to be either non-Christians, saved Christians or called Christians.           There appears to be a chasm that separates the first two categories from the last. Called Christians are the movers and shakers who are changing the […]

November 29, 2017

I woke up this morning thinking about the apostle Paul; and, some of his words reminded me of a hymn written and performed by Darlene Zschech.                In Paul’s second letter to his young colleague Timothy, he wrote that Followers of Christ have been set aside for a holy calling, not by our worth but offered as a […]

November 28, 2017

I supposed it’s official that we’re in the pike now!           We’re coming up on the first Sunday of Advent!  Thanksgiving is in the rearview; and, the race is on!           People in my neighborhood are hanging what appears to be balls of Christmas lights, wadded up and placed in the tops of trees.   […]

November 22, 2017

This morning, I woke up with a Josh Groban song playing in my head: Some days we forget to look around us Some days we can’t see the joy that surrounds us So caught up inside ourselves We take when we should give So, for tonight we pray for What we know can be And […]

November 21, 2017

Well, the race is on! A guy in my neighborhood put a Christmas tree up night before last and it’s now winking at me as his lights begin a gyration of blinking that I suspect will roll on until well after Christmas.           To be honest, I felt a tiny bit sad.  I love Christmas […]




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