From Pastor Tom “Silent Night—Sounds of Glory”

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“Silent Night” is my favorite Christmas Carol. It portrays in a beautiful way the quiet and humble birth of our Lord. He came into this world largely without fanfare. There was no glitz and no glamour. No media attention. No crowds swarming to see this amazing event. Jesus’ birth occurs without any of the events that we associate with great moments in history. It was a silent night with God in human form, sleeping in a borrowed manger, in a lowly barn, in a little town called Bethlehem. Few people knew that one of the greatest miracles of all time … Read More

From Pastor Tom “This is the Day!”

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“This is the Day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 How easy it is to get stuck in the past. How often we are filled with regret for mistakes made and opportunities lost. How easy it is to get into the “if only” trap. If only I had done this instead of that. If only I had decided differently. How much better my life would have been today if only I had made better choices. And some of us want to just turn back the clock and relive a certain time in … Read More

From Pastor Tom “The Gift of a Day”

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Our God is the giver of all good gifts. One of His great gifts to us is often overlooked. It is the gift of a day. One of the first things God created was the day. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness he called ‘night.’ And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” Genesis 3-5 The 24-hour period called a day is one of God’s wonderful provisions for us. It … Read More

From Pastor Tom “Face to Face”

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“…let us consider how to provoke each other to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together,…” Hebrews 10:25 We were created to interact with each other face to face. A necessary part of an addict’s recovery is the weekly meeting and regular contact with a sponsor. Weight Watchers success can be attributed, in large part, to the weekly meetings that offer encouragement and accountability. It is in face-to-face encounters that we find the crucial ingredients to growth and blessing. It is face-to-face that our most important interactions occur. Unfortunately our society is becoming a faceless society. It is … Read More

“When Life Isn’t Fair”

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We have an innate sense of fairness. One of the thoughts even the youngest of children are able to verbalize is: “That’s not fair!” What we usually mean is: “That isn’t what I wanted to happen—that isn’t good for me.” In our mind, life is supposed to be good and comfortable— we get what we want— we don’t have to work too hard—most everybody likes us and treats us well—we don’t get too sick, too often—and we live comfortably to a ripe old age (with great health). I have been dealing with the question of fairness in my own life. … Read More

“True Love”

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John Blanchard was in Grand Central Station looking for a girl that he had never met but whom he had grown to love. He didn’t know what she looked like, but he knew that she would be carrying a red rose. His interest in Miss Hollis Maynell had begun thirteen months before in a Florida library. He took a book off the shelf and became enthralled, not with the book but with the words written in the margin. They reflected a thoughtful soul and an insightful mind. He decided to track down the owner of the book: Hollis Maynell. It … Read More

“Lost Keys”

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I would like to share some thoughts with you from a book by Tish Harrison Warren called Liturgy of the Ordinary. She writes: I have a plan for my morning—run by the store to pick up a side for dinner and some dish soap, then head to a meeting. So after I brush my teeth and get dressed quickly and eat breakfast, I throw on my favorite corduroy coat, hoist my computer bag over my shoulder, and head toward the door. I go to grab the car keys on the entry table that we bought (and painted robin’s egg blue) … Read More

Where Have All The Gentlemen Gone?

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Isn’t it true that men used to treat women with respect and gentleness? Maybe I am just imagining this, but it seems to me that there were more gentle men in days gone by. Where have all the gentlemen gone? Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Bill Cosby, Louis C.K., Roy Moore, Donald Trump, Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor, and the list goes on and on. All these men and many more have been accused of sexual harassment and abuse. A recent Quinnipiac Poll found 60 percent of women say they’ve experienced sexual harassment, and it happens most often in the … Read More

“Christmas: Myth or Truth?”

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The sign read: Put Christ into Christmas this year. A young lady glanced at it momentarily, then turned to her friend and said: “Hmm! Now the Church is trying to poke her nose into Christmas” From The Merriest Christmas Book by Mark Link. Santa Claus has become the center of Christmas. It is a wonderful myth that has grown over time— but it is just a myth. Yet it is the heart and soul of Christmas for most Americans. The church originally took Christmas away from the pagans. December 25th was, in Roman days, the “Feast of Saturnalia,” a celebration … Read More