Plowshares

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4) There are certain traditions that just scream Christmas. For as much as I am spontaneous and adventurous, I also really revel in patterns and…

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Our First and Ultimate Priority

Scripture: Psalm 33:1-9 (NRSV) 1  Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright. 2  Praise the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. 3  Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 4  For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. 5  He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of t…

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What God Wants

Isaiah 1:10-20 Frederick Buechner, a novelist and minister, said that a prophet is the sort of person who gets invited to dinner only once. That was his colorful way of saying that prophets tend to be unpopular because they tell people things they’d rather not hear. A prophet is the opposite of a demagogue. A demagogue tells people whatever they want to hear, in order to get what the demagogue w…

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Wipe Every Tear

They say that if you want to be successful with a project, you ought to begin with the end in mind. This has proven to me to be good advice, as I am one who typically picks up a hammer and nail and dives into a project without so much as thinking about the directions, let alone read them. Typically this leads to hurt fingers, curse words, and tremendous frustration, as I will have to undo 30…

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Why we don't volunteer (Jan Baumann)

The real reason people don’t volunteer is because we don’t have enough people who ask them. I love this quote because it is so true. Volunteering has historically played an important role in the United States. Volunteers are wonderful people who are necessary for the health of our society. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is celebrated as a national Day of Service. We are also a country whe…

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