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On January 6 we celebrated Epiphany, the day the wisemen traditionally caught up with the Holy Family. One of the details Matthew includes in his nativity story is that after giving the baby Jesus their gifts, “the wisemen returned by another road.” (Matt. 2:12) Like the magi in the story, I believe we also stand at a crossroads. We now stand at…

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The New Year is upon us! Of course, for most Americans, New Years has become another excuse to eat, drink and watch football (and I’m right there with you!). However, for the ancient Hebrews, the New Year was a deeply spiritual occasion. It was at this festival Israel crowned her kings and rededicated themselves to their covenant with God. In the elaborate…

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Apparently the flu virus is making the rounds and it’s not one for which I (or anyone else) have been inoculated. Unfortunately, the person I sleep with every night has come down with it. As we all know, the flu virus is highly contagious. But then again, so are a lot of other bad things – like negativity, despair, and depression. The…

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A few weeks ago I saw the movie “Interstellar” starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. It’s a movie in which science is front and center. In fact, the director made sure the science behind black holes and space travel was as accurate as possible. But there was another overarching theme that really stole the show: love. At one point Anne Hathaway’s character,…

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Right after my first Christmas in Keokuk, I took a week of vacation and our Administrative Pastor, Cathie Courtois, filled the pulpit. The scripture reading that week was the story of the slaughter of the innocents (Matthew 2:13-23). It’s the story of how King Herod, having heard from the wise men about a newborn king, had all of the baby boys two…

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A word I don’t hear very often anymore is “milquetoast,” which is an adjective that means timid or weak. It entered the American vocabulary because of a 1930’s cartoon character named “Casper Milquetoast.” People may not use the word anymore, but the idea is still out there and is often applied to those who call themselves Christian. I have always believed disciples…

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One Halloween, when my kids were little, we made the rounds on beggar’s night and then sat down on our front steps to help pass out candy. A few minutes later we saw death coming up the street. Actually, what we saw was a little boy and his father, both dressed up like the grim reaper. The little boy with his plastic…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like fall in southeast Iowa – and it’s beautiful! Bright yellow, reds and oranges are appearing everywhere. But did you know those beautiful colors have been there all along? When fall comes and the chlorophyll stops circulating, the actual colors of the leaves become visible. Sometimes when a person does something good or bad it is…

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During my children’s moment with the kids in Starting Point on Sunday morning, I asked them how many superheroes they could name. They came up with the ones you might expect, like Superman and Batman. But then one little girl said, “Robin!” I had to stop for a second. She was right. Robin was Batman’s sidekick, but he was a superhero in…

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This coming weekend we are beginning our “Not So Superhero” sermon series and our staff is very excited. Why? Because everybody loves superheroes! Superheroes have amazing special powers. Some are faster than a speeding bullet. Others can fly, swing from tall buildings, or have mastered incredible new technologies. What our favorite superheroes have in common is that they all put their powers…