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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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The Glory of Easter

Bishop William R. Cannon was fond of declaring that our faith is based on three historical events . . . a manger crib, an old rugged cross, and an empty tomb.  On Easter Sunday, we declare the good news of the empty tomb. In 1 Corinthians 15:12-14 we read, “Now if Christ is...
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Forty Days and Forty Nights

“Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God.” – Brother Lawrence Lent is a period of forty days and forty nights that leads to Easter.  The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness facing temptation.  The season begins with Ash Wednesday. During this...
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“One Church Plan” does not pass

Dear Friends, As some of you know, the Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church was completed today. Three main plans were proposed to seek ways to move forward as a denomination. The plan the Council of Bishops chose, “The One Church Plan,” did not pass. This...
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