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Saturday a week ago we hosted the Alternative Gift Market. And it was a wonderful event that offered all kinds of alternative ways to give meaningful gifts at Christmas.
A couple of weeks ago a moving story of goodness and kindness caught my attention. It happened at a middle school football game in Olivet, Michigan. In fact, it was so unique it even made national news and that’s where I first saw it.
I'd like to start out this morning by asking you a question. It's a question for those of you who work outside the home. You don't need to raise your hand or turn to your neighbor, just think about it. The question is simple. Do you like your job? Is it satisfying for you? Is it fulfilling?
Almost every Monday I drive down to Abington to see my mother and we go out to lunch. Mom will be 93 next month and is still in excellent health. She takes a baby aspirin a day. That's it!
When I was swimming in college and training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, one Christmas I met a long distance swimmer named Diana Nyad. Diana was probably in her mid-20's at the time and had just gained some notoriety swimming 28 miles around Manhattan Island.
I was a first year student in seminary when the shocking news of the world’s worst mass suicide broke. It was November 1978 when over 900 followers of Jim Jones drank Kool-Aid laced with cyanide.
On Thursday and Friday Matt and I attended a leadership conference in Atlanta called Catalyst. The theme of the conference was “Known.” Before you had a name. Before you had a voice, a face, or a form, you were known by God.
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to community, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Today is Celebration Sunday and we’ve set some time aside this morning to revisit our mission statement so that we’re all on the same page as we move forward into this year of ministry. It’s something we like to do at least once a year, but always in September.
Well today is a day to remember God's faithfulness to us as church over the past 20 years. And I want to do that today with a look at some Scripture and also with some excerpts from my journals over the years.