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“I can only imagine ...” is the best selling Christian single song of all time. Read more

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In 1741, George Frederic Handel composed the “Messiah.” It’s one of the best known and treasured musical creations, and for 25 years the White… Read more

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How many important lessons can a person learn at one time? Not many, probably. But on this occasion Jesus seized the moment and immediately we… Read more

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In a sense, in chapter 16 Matthew is introducing us to Jesus Christ. He has been telling us about Jesus all along, of course, but here he gets… Read more

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It’s that scary time of year again, and this year is scarier than usual. The TV is running all the old-time “fright” movies, and Walmart is ch… Read more

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Jesus said, “ … I will build my church (ekklesia – “called out assembly”) and the gates of hell (Hades) shall not prevail against it” (Matthew… Read more

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During the Christmas season, naturally I think about Christ, even though I’m a Baha’i- after all, Baha’is love and revere Jesus Christ: Read more

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What did Jesus mean when he said to Peter, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church”? There are three main … Read more

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During the Christmas season, naturally I think about Christ, even though I’m a Baha’i- after all, Baha’is love and revere Jesus Christ: Read more

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No, not celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions, not fun times of gathering together around friends and snacky treats, … Read more

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Our Pilgrim forefathers came to America for religious liberty. It’s a fact that should be indelibly etched into our very souls. Now however, i… Read more

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“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said… Read more

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The higher you go, the harder it is to breath. We understand this from the National Geographic features of Mount Everest climbers, some with o… Read more

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Good eyesight is a marvelous blessing, and in order to see better, Americans spend billions of dollars a year on eye care. About seven percent… Read more

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It has always been, and it will always be true that people learn more from models than in any other way. Read more

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We can understand the failure of the Pharisees and Sadducees to perceive the signs of the times. They were unable to understand because they w… Read more

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The morning temperatures are dropping, the leaves on our maple tree are turning red, our vegetable garden is pretty well spent, and the hummin… Read more

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Every chapter of the Bible is important, but you know what they say about all persons being born equal: “Some are equaler than others.” So als… Read more

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There’s a paradox of tears right now. Some are crying because of a loss or some sadness, while others are shedding tears of joy over unexpecte… Read more

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Imagine this – one of the world’s largest countries has a major outbreak of a dread disease, so its government orders a solution: every region… Read more

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Being neutral is safe. Switzerland was declared a neutral state in 1920 by the League of Nations. For reasons unknown, Hitler did not invade h… Read more

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They were undetected, but the entire ten Boom family was arrested. Just before a truck hauled them away, the German officer in charge of the r… Read more

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In Matthew 15 the story of Jesus’ response to the Canaanite woman is followed by an account of His feeding of four thousand people near the Se… Read more

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It is not only Jesus’ silence that seems to be a problem in Matthew 15. It is also the words He used when He spoke to the woman. His first wor… Read more

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Throughout the ages, humanity has been concerned with the nature of the relationship between actions in this world and their consequences here… Read more

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Last week I spoke about what happened in Holland in 1940. The Dutch people remained under the cruel Nazi regime for five years. But in the mid… Read more

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There’s a coin shortage. That’s strange. I can’t ever recall of that happening before, at least over my time on earth. The anonymous “they” sa… Read more

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In our faith tradition, the Catholic Funeral Rite is an essential part of the grieving process. It brings us together as a community so we can… Read more

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Nothing troubled the religious leaders of Israel more than becoming ceremonially unclean, and nothing made them more unclean than contact with… Read more

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Felis Catus...the common, domestic, house cat. They descended from wild cats that inhabited the Fertile Crescent some 7,500 years ago, and tha… Read more

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We said in part: The black man must ever be grateful to the white man, for he has manifested great courage and self-sacrifice in behalf of the… Read more

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Keeping secrets has always been a trial for those knowing. It hasn’t been a picnic either for those out of the knowing. Secrets generate tensi… Read more

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In the following passages, Shoghi Effendi Rabbání (the Zeal of the Lord), the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, delineates the basic pattern of Ba… Read more

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The last of the three conversations in Matthew 15.1-20 is between Jesus and His disciples, and it seems to have been private. The disciples co… Read more

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In the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, prejudice is regarded as a perilous disease; it is utterly alien to the spirit of the new teachings, to the… Read more

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The point of Matthew 15 as a whole is that the kingdom of God is for Gentiles as well as Jews because Christianity rests on an entirely differ… Read more

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