My Body / God's Temple

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you... Therefore, honor God with your bodies." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 When it comes to physical fitness, my life is like a yo-yo. There are long stretches when I'm really good with my exercise and diet. Then, there are long stretches when I neglect my body and take my physical health for granted. I usually come to my senses when my favorite pants start feeling like skinny jeans. I know I'm in trouble when my lungs cry out for mercy as I walk up a flight of stairs. Of course, the final straw is when I'm offered an ultimatum. My wife (ie "Big Boss") tells me I need to make some changes. How about you? What d

One Nation, Under God

As we welcome President Trump and say goodbye to President Obama, let’s lift up prayers for our nation, the Church, and all of God’s creation. "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." - Abraham Lincoln "This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms; Thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done. Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him, An

Spiritual Hunger

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare." - Isaiah 55:1-2 There's a commercial for a popular candy bar that says, "You're not you when you're hungry." We think differently, act differently, speak differently. We're cranky and irritable and rude. Truly, we're not ourselves when we're hungry. This is true physically and spiritually. Most of us are pretty good about eating physical food. We're conscientious

The Gift of Epiphany

Tomorrow is Epiphany. Now, you could go around and tell everyone, "Happy Epiphany!" (note - you may get some blank stares in response) Another way to celebrate Epiphany is to remember and honor its significance. Epiphany marks the end of the (12 Day) Christmas season. In some Christian traditions, this marks the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Epiphany also marks the day when Christians celebrate the visit of the magi. It's the day when the magi from the east (a.k.a. "wise men") came to Jesus bearing gifts. One way to celebrate Epiphany is to bless others by doing "extra stuff" to serve them. Go out of your way to be kind and helpful to family members and friends. Say a prayer fo

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Oct. 2020 Newsletter

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