Talents

But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. (Matthew 25:18) I am constantly amazed at talented people, particularly the folks around our congregation that are extremely talented. Some of us are talented with art. Others with finance and business decisions. Some of us are really great cooks. Still others are wonderful hosts to…

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Tax Season

Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said. And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?" But knowing…

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Awkward!

On one of the days when Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests, legal experts, and elders approached him. They said, “Tell us: What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority?”He replied, “I have a question for you. Tell me: Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin?” They discussed among themselve…

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Health Benefits of Prayer (Joan Watson)

Christians have long proclaimed the spiritual benefit of prayer; and likewise, Christians and non-Christians who meditate regularly report feeling an inner peace and strength that carries them through the day. Prayer and meditation are integral components of most all the world’s religions. Thomas Ryan in, Prayer of Heart and Body, suggests meditation is a way for the soul to venture inward to f…

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Social Isolation

Caregivers, especially those whose caregiving responsibilities are 24-7 or near to it, are often in danger of becoming isolated from family, friends, things that are meaningful to them, and the world around them. Isolation is not something that the caregiver chooses or wishes to happen. Instead it often happens before you know it. So much time can be spent lovingly caring for your friend or…

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