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red_rose_and_white_rose_heart_background_vector_544116Saint Valentine is a Christian saint of the Third Century AD who is widely celebrated on February 14th and commonly associated with romantic love.  Although not much of St. Valentine’s life is reliably known, it is highly agreed that St. Valentine was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome in or around the year 273 AD.   (more…)

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3_stages_icons-01When we were little children, we viewed our parents through an almost entirely positive lens.  They could do nothing wrong in our eyes.  Then we became adolescents, and we viewed our parents through an almost entirely negative lens.  They could do virtually nothing right in our teenage eyes.  And periodically in adolescence, teenagers will slip in and out of a childlike orientation toward their parents as they grow.  However, if we had loving parents, we matured to later realize as adults that our parents are basically good and decent people despite their various imperfections. (more…)

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“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God — whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did — when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.” – (Second Timothy 1: 1-5)

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The Church seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany are seasons of light during the long dark of winter.  And, if you think about it, without darkness we would not see the light. In fact, Woody Guthrie, who is famous for writing This Land Is Your Land, once said, “You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.”

The simple truth of our existence in this realm of existence (called life) is that light shines in the darkness, and if not for our darkness and suffering we would not know The Light. (more…)

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In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from the The Chronicles of Narnia saga, Aslan tells the two Pevensie children and their cousin the reason why they were brought to Narnia.  As he is sending them back to our world, Aslan says to them, “This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

This dialogue from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader beautifully illustrates why we assemble for worship and fellowship.  We assemble each week for worship and fellowship so that by knowing Christ in the worshiping assembly for a little bit each week, we may know him better out in our daily lives.

This is why I dislike the phrase “I’m going to Church.” (more…)

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