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Fighting Tooth Decay

Fighting Tooth Decay I was challenged this past week with an acute awareness that something was wrong with some of my teeth. A crown was missing; another piece came off later (in a donut, of all things). Fortunately, my good dentist was able to handle that minor crisis. As I sat in the chair, my […]

Love’s Pure Light

Love’s Pure Light The beloved carol, “Silent Night,” is sung at more Christmas worship service than any other. We traditionally sing it at the climax of our Candlelight Service, particularly because of its hope-filled words, “Silent night, holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light. Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of […]

The Inexpressible Gift

The Inexpressible Gift As we prepare for Christmas, I am sure that many of us are still in the process of shopping to find the right gifts for others. Of course, many rail against the commercialization of Christmas. They tend to forget that Christmas is about God’s great gift. “God so loved the world that […]

Advent Countdown

Advent Countdown Our worship teams have introduced the ancient tradition of remembering Advent. Advent is a Latin word meaning “a coming,” established by church leaders in the 6th Century to help Christians prepare for the celebration of Christmas, being on the Sunday nearest November 30 and ending Christmas Eve. It was to be a time […]


Lights As we move into the Christmas season, the many bright Christmas lights remind us of Jesus’ birth. “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). The apostle did not say that He “shone” in the past, but that He “shines” in the present and on into the […]

Protesting or Thanksgiving

Protesting or Thanksgiving “People are going to have to die!” These were not the words of Patrick Henry prior to the American Revolution, but the words of a student protester two days after the General Election. Thousands of students and others took to the streets across the country to rail against not just Donald Trump […]

World Series Lessons

World Series Lessons The 112th World Series of baseball was arguably the most dramatic of all, with two long-suffering franchises, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians in the Series. Even non-baseball fans became interested. Chicago had not won the Series since 1908 and Cleveland, not since 1948. Through the years, the Cubs had to […]