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What God are we talking about?

Animate Faith #1 Brian McLaren write, “Sometimes, when I hear people speak about God, I feel like an atheist. The God they speak of, I don’t believe in: a God who loves Christians but hates [other faiths]; a God who pours luxuries on the rich but consigns the poor to to poverty; or a God […]

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Lent 8

“But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:3-4) There has been a lot of talk about giving in our church lately; how people give, why […]

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Lent 7

“How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments. I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.”                                             (Psalm 119: 9-11) My very favourite hymn is “Come, […]

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Lent 6

‘You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you.’                                    […]

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Lent 5

“He [Jonah] was fleeing form the presence of the Lord.” (Jonah 1:10) I am reading through the massages in the Running Away section of our Lenten Study book, “Water in the Desert.” So many accounts in the Bible of people running away, running from, God; Jonah, Hagar, Jeremiah, Paul, Judas etc.. Okay, they may not […]

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Lent 4

“When Hagar saw she had conceived, she looked with contempt upon her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, ‘May the wrong done to me be on you.’”(Genesis 16:4-5) How quickly Sarai’s contentment turns to fear and jealously. God had promised Abram; “Look toward heaven and count the stars….so shall your descendants be. (Genesis 15:5) Not […]

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Lent 3

“God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength.”    (1 Corinthians 10:13) OH, REALLY !?! Do not try telling that to someone whose child is critically ill, or a person struggling to hold it all together as they nurse a failing partner, or someone who has had their hopes run […]

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Lent 2

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the […]

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Lent 1

Then God opened the eyes and she saw a well of water… and she gave the boy, Ishmael, a drink. (Genesis 21:19) Twice Hagar is cast into the wilderness; once by her own volition (fleeing Sarai’s anger, 16:6), and once when Abraham sends her away (21:14). One feels sorry for Hagar; young Egyptian slave-girl drawn […]

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