READ: John 2.2-11 Some years ago, a young woman named Emily had suddenly been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
I say suddenly because she had no symptoms, was a healthy woman in her late 20s, and the mother of two beautiful little children and wife to a wonderful man.
Their lives were just getting started.
Emily was healthy and strong.
And one day during a routine doctor’s appointment in early winter, the news came: She was terminal.
As you can imagine, the news was more t
Isaiah 43:1-7 and Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Has anyone here grown up on a farm?
A few, most likely.
But has anyone here had to work on the threshing floor, separating the wheat from the chaff with a winnowing fork?
Most of us probably can’t relate.
The process is simply, but it’s hard work.
All the stalks are thrown onto a bare floor, where they are beaten or rolled so that the heads of the wheat separate from the stalks, or chaff.
Once that’s done, then a pitchfork is used t
The day after Christmas, sitting amid a pile of unwrapped presents and an abundance of pine needles
— the clutter that comes in the wake of Christmas morning celebration —
my usually effervescent youngest son looked oddly forlorn.
“How can you be sad with all of this joy?” I asked him.
He simply said, “Christmas is over, Daddy.”
Ah, I remember being a small boy and thinking the same thing despite my parents’ and my church’s explaining that, in fact, no, Christmas has jus
Time really flies, doesn’t it? On Tuesday we celebrated the birth of Jesus, here we are five days later and he’s 12 and missing. How many of you have ever lost something really important? Men, did you ever lose your wallet? Ladies, how about your purse? You thought, my life is in that purse, what am I going to do? Thoughts race through your head like I have to cancel my credit cards and I’ll need a new driver’s license. What if what you lost was a child? Our anxiety would be
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