Monthly Archives: July 2016

July 31 – Walls

Ecclesiastes 1:2 12-14; 2:18-23; Psalm 49:1-12; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 Robert Frost has an amazing ability to put real life situations into poetry. In his poem “Mending Walls” he tells the story of an annual spring time rite: rebuilding the … Continue reading

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July 30 – Enough

Psalm 49:1-12; Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; Mark 10:17-22 As a teacher most of the work I had kids do involved projects. They had to do research and present their results, they had to build something, or they had to create some kind … Continue reading

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July 29 – Setting the Stage

Psalm 49:1-12; Proverbs 24:1-12; Ephesians 4:17-24 Every night stage productions happen all over the world. Actors play the parts of other people and thrill audiences in all sorts of productions. Once the curtain calls are over, though, it’s time. Actors … Continue reading

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July 28 – Fighting Slavery

Psalm 49:1-12; Proverbs 23:1-11; Romans 11:33-36 One of the myths of modern America is that slavery doesn’t exist today. Oh, we admit that it may happen in other cultures because they’re a bit backwards, but it doesn’t happen here. Still … Continue reading

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July 27 – Payback

Psalm 55:16-23; Esther 7:7—8:17; Matthew 5:43-48 In the movie “Trading Places” two millionaire investors decide to explore the question of nature vs. nurture. They take a snobbish investor and make his life miserable while taking a street hustler and put … Continue reading

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July 26 – It’s All About Me – maybe not

Psalm 55:16-23; Esther 6:1—7:6; Romans 9:30—10:4 Everyone loved Gaston. The men wanted to be Gaston. The women wanted to marry Gaston. He was the village hero. He was the man who led the hunts that provided the food. The problem … Continue reading

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July 25 – Satisfaction

Psalm 55:16-23; Esther 5:1-14; Colossians 2:16—3:1 I can’t get no satisfaction. Ok, I know that’s bad grammar, double negatives and all, but, tell me you didn’t start singing that line if you’re of my generation. For those of you who … Continue reading

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July 24 – Shocking!

Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-15 [16-19]; Luke 11:1-13 It was about 200 years ago that Mary Shelley conceived the idea of Frankenstein. Perhaps I should say Frankenstein’s Monster. In the book, Dr. Frankenstein takes body parts from different dead … Continue reading

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July 23 – This Time, This Place – God’s Will

Psalm 138; Esther 4:1-17; Luke 8:22-25 You’ve seen this scene in a movie or a TV show at one time or another. The detectives are grilling the suspect. They know he isn’t the main guy, but he knows the plans … Continue reading

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July 22 – “Them”

Psalm 138; Esther 3:7-15; Acts 2:22-36 “They” are always around. “They” are different. It may be their skin color, their language, their culture, their heritage, or their religion; but “they” are always around us. We have a natural reaction to … Continue reading

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