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Relational Crap – Wheat and Weeds
In early 1970s Roxboro, North Carolina had a special “place” where Santa sat on weekends and a few weeknights throughout December. There were no malls, etc. for Santa to hang out in within this small town so children and their families would ...
“For better, for worse. For richer, for poorer. In sickness and in health. As you are a prostitute or have adulterous affairs.” What if that last sentence was a part of your marriage vows? Would you say it? Yesterday in worship we talked ...
Devotion “Scandalous Love” Week Two
We all have doubts. Nagging doubts. Quiet thoughts that creep in and cause us to wonder if the things we have held true for years are actually real, or if the whole thing has been a façade. Maybe our relationships are fake. Maybe the people who
Best Gifts Ever Aren’t Fake – check out your answers
Sunday in worship at West we talked about the gifts or "trends" that have been big hits throughout the past 60+ years. It was interesting to see that some gifts and trends "stuck" and some faded away. Here are just a few of the highlights of ...
The Messiness of Miracles
Sometimes the toughest miracles produce the most beautiful results. What we can know for sure is that miracles never happen outside of the context of mystery and mess. Think about it . . . think about the miracle of the life of Mary. We have ...
When we say “Christmas” lots of things come to mind. Time with friends and family. Good food, cookies, and parties/festivities Stores and sales. Christmas music piped into stores and on the radio. And . . . maybe a few extra worship ...
The Shadow Side
But the Bible says “to hate” . . . What do we “hate?” The ideas behind “love the sinner, hate the sin” are actually scriptural, just a little misconstrued. In yesterday’s devotion we explored where Jesus called out the religious leaders for ...
Loving and Hating
“Love the sinner, hate the sin” is one of the Christian clichés that we think are found in Scripture but actually, the statement as a whole, is not. There are “like” thoughts/statements in Scripture that we will explore this week that lend us to
No More Rationalization
Henri Nouwen writes, “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with
The myths that we are exploring during the message series “Finding Faith” exist for a reason. People did not conjur them up out of the blue – they originated with scripture passages that either have been misconstrued over the centuries or ...
The Idea of a Vengeful God
Sometimes when we think, “everything happens for a reason,” we think that because we view God as a vengeful God. We think bad things happen to us as a result of our being “bad” or our “sin.” That comes from an Old Testament understanding of ...
Sometimes We Just Suffer
It is difficult to accept the fact that sometimes – we just suffer. The largest attended Bible Study during my seven year tenure at Williamson’s Chapel was the one entitled, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” The masses attended that ...
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