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Heaven on Earth

It was not heaven, but it felt pretty close to me.  I fell asleep in one room (Operating Room) and woke up in different place (Recovery Room).   I woke up pain free … I experienced a sense of excitement as I tried to process what was going on around me … and I felt like…

I’m Especially Fond of You

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL week of Epiphany 5 Papa: Mack, you may not know this, but I am especially fond of you. This brief dialogue is from the movie, The Shack.  It is part of a conversation between the movie’s main character, Mack … and God … who Mack calls Papa because it is the way his…

The Best Answer Ever

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 8 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matt. 13:45-46) It was a simple Children’s Sermon at New Day.  The question was intended to elicit responses like “my…

What’s in Your Treasure Chest?

New Day Sermon Pentecost 8 The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.  (Matthew 13:44) What in the world would be compelling enough to make you give up everything … yes,…

Looking for Crosses

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 3 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (1 Corinthians 1:18) I spoke about the image of the “cross” with our kiddos today  in this morning’s children’s sermons.  We looked for crosses in the sanctuary,…

Martyrdom Revisited

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Lent 2 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their…

Surprising Joy

email devotion all saints sunday If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  (Philippians 2:1-2) A couple of weeks ago I…

Lost and Found

Pentecost 17 Traditional Sermon Do you know a lost cause?  By that, I don’t mean remembering a team like the 1962 New York Mets, who lost 3 out of every 4 baseball games they played that season.  I’m not talking about a consideration of General George Armstrong Custer’s chances of winning the Battle of Little…