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Outer space

Needing Fidelity – By Pastor Scott

I always enjoy visiting Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Each visit reaffirms the vastness of our mighty universe. Whether it’s presentations about the search for new solar systems or observations about the planets we know about, I am constantly filled with awe and wonder. Just when...
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Trusting God – by Pastor Scott

Philosopher Jacob Needleman writes, “There is a struggle that is more interesting than pleasure or ego satisfaction . . . . There is something far more interesting than what money can buy.” The matter at hand is a movement from greed to generosity. The Bible calls greed, avarice,...
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World Religion – from Pastor Scott

World Religions Theologian Paul Tillich once described religion as “ultimate concern.”  This description was made without reference to belief in a higher power or belief in the sacred.  Truth is, every religion is different.  Some religions focus on multiple gods and some do not...
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What’s in a Name? – from Pastor Scott

During seminary I served two small churches in the Chicago area.  Following my time with these congregations, the churches merged with another church in the area.  The three churches then sold their respective buildings and built a brand new structure to house the new...
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Answering a Call – By Pastor Scott

Do you know anything about President James Garfield?  Garfield was the 20th President of the United States.  He came into office in 1881, serving only 200 days.  Garfield died of infection from a gunshot wound.  While his time in office was short, he made an impact. The...
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Moved by the Spirit

A word I often reflect on is “safe.”  In a sometimes crazy, chaotic, and stressful world, many of us desire to feel safe.  Safety is a basic human yearning. For some of us a song or hymn makes us feel safe.  I love the hymn, “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love.”  When...
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Rejoice Always – by Pastor Scott

Frantic!  Frantic!  Does this describe your life?  Do you have a lot on your plate?  Are you busy keeping up with work and family matters?  We can all relate to busy schedules. Now one obvious concern in all this busyness is that we lose sight of what is most important.  When we...
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A Brand New Year

“I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:5, NIV) Many of you remember the comic strip, “Calvin and Hobbes.” In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes are discussing the New Year. Calvin says, “I’m getting disillusioned with these New Years. They don’t seem very new at all. Each New...
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The Season of Advent

The Season of Advent “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. . .” (Isaiah 11:1-2, NIV)   The Season of Advent makes me think about a children’s story,...
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