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Sunshine

I woke this morning at my usual time, 5am. It seems my body didn’t get the memo that Sacramento County has restricted all but necessary travel. A bit more sleep in exchange for a physical commute just didn’t happen. What to do with the extra time? (1) Stay in bed and hope I’ll […]

Who You Gonna Call?

In the summer of 1984, a campy comedy was released and quickly became a a box-office hit. Ghostbusters was a sci-fi movie that pitted the forces of good and evil in a light-hearted way. Seriously, who can really fear the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, even if he’s 10-stories tall and crushing everything […]

In Purell We Trust

In God We Trust. It’s the ubiquitous phrase on our currency. We see it. We spend it. Life goes on. The phrase “In God We Trust” first appeared on a two-cent piece in 1864. Ironically, it was at a time of incredible national turmoil and civil war: the Battle of […]

Why Would I Fast?

When I hear the word “fasting,” I often think, oh no, I can’t enjoy my favorite entrées and desserts. And when my pastor invites the congregation to fast and pray, it may create a few concerns among people with dietary and medical restrictions. According to Matthew 6:16-18, to “fast” means […]

What Unites Us?

What unites us as friends, family and most importantly believers in Christ our Lord and Savior? We generally share common backgrounds or interests with our friends. For example, we may have grown up in the same city, attended school together or grew up in nearby neighborhoods. And friends typically share […]

Summer Break, Not Really!

Our weekly Tuesday bible study took the annual summer break last week. We have been systematically studying the 2nd Letter to Timothy written by Apostle Paul. It has been an interesting and most enjoyable lesson in life. So many times we think the bible was written for “those people” back […]

Thank God for Grace!

  I think we’ve all heard this one: “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Although, the next one is new to me: “Truth is, you knew what you had, you just never thought you’d never lose it.” Appreciation. Gratitude. “Thanks. Giving.” The latter was this Sunday’s title […]

Working Out Differences

Paul spoke to the church at Philippi about unity and forgiveness. It seems there were two women, Euodia and Syntyche, having a problem. The scriptures don’t tell us what the problem was, however Paul encourages them to work out their differences and live in unity. Many times as Christians we […]

What are You Prepared to Do?

It sure seems that we’ve arrived at time and place when things seem to be spiraling out of control. In the musical words of the late Marvin Gaye, indeed, “What’s going on?” Sadly (or reassuringly), there is a constant and consistent theme. Well over two millennia ago the poet was […]