by Phyllis Mannan I didn’t like my first name, Phyllis. Why couldn’t I have been called Susan or Sarah—or even my middle name, Ann? Then I read in college that Phyllis comes from a Greek word that means green leaf. I’d always liked the family story about my namesake, too. My dad grew up in…

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by Kay Stoltz   Hebrews 6:13-20 The reading May 30, 2017. Verse 19 reads: We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain.  What is hope in my life? And there it is:  I hope I’m not late. I hope the roads are…

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by Kay Stoltz Psalm 98:4-6 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, our…

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by Tricia Gates Brown Acts 17:26-28 …[Paul:] “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.  ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We…

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by Tricia Gates Brown   Matthew 12:41-42: “The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it;…

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by Sharon Smith   When I was a teenager, my friends and I would talk about what we were giving up for Lent. Many of our ideas involved letting go of favorite foods or activities. We would give up chocolate, ice cream, or pizza. Sometimes we would resolve to break bad habits like arguing with…

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by Vicki Melton   Lent is a time for reflection, study and discipline.  Over the years I taken on many different practices for Lent.  I have worked to develop better habits (the only one that stuck was fastening my seat belt). I’ve attended book studies, bible studies, discussion groups, and classes on a variety of…

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by Tricia Gates Brown   I occasionally see a massage-therapist/healer with strong intuitive gifts—a gentle but powerful person of faith with astounding insights. Once in early 2015, after I’d seen her a few months, she shared something she had “seen” in the course of an appointment. She was massaging my feet and in a straight-forward,…

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By Chip MacGregor   We are beginning to realize that we hunger for God and that for far too long we have settled for far too little.[1]              —John Kirvan For centuries in many cultures around the world, an important spiritual practice was that of fasting—giving up food (or other things…

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by Neil Mibus Lent is a good time for a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves, and as it’s a poor inventory that’s done all in red ink, I want to look at both my strengths and weaknesses, what I’ve done right and what I’ve done wrong, not to mention the rights and wrongs…

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