Pastors' Blog

What about fasting during Lent?

It’s hard to avoid the subject of fasting when Lent comes around every year. Should we give up Facebook or chocolate or eating meat on Fridays?

In China, new religious laws have made it a lot harder for Christians to gather. There is now a list of nine Chinese government rules that are being strictly enforced for all registered, legal churches.

Many Christians use the word ‘blessed.’ But as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride said, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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When churches disagree, they can’t both be right.

Coexist

Christianity is who the bumper sticker is directed against, but poses no threat to the others.

When two people get married, they have expectations of how the relationship should work. Often, the unspoken assumption is, “My spouse will meet me halfway.” Sometimes it’s called “The 50/50 Plan.”

I watched “Crazy Rich Asians” last week, a romantic comedy that was reviewed as one of the best films of 2018. One of the supporting characters gets to make her “hero’s speech” near the end of the movie as she walks out on her husband, who was having an affair. The trouble is, what she says is exactly backward.

The Advent Wreath is more than a pretty decoration. It is a trigger during the four weeks of the Advent season to turn our thoughts and heart toward Jesus.

Many different meanings have been given to the four candles and the other parts of the wreath. None are right or wrong. Here is one common interpretation of the meaning of the various parts of the Advent wreath.

Decision-making is hard for many people, including me. Here’s something for you to consider about Christian decision-making that might make things a lot harder because it adds one more element to consider. Or it just might make some decisions easier . . .

Last Sunday in church we talked about remaining in Jesus as if your life depended on it. Because it does.

But how?

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