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The Heart of Friendship

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Throughout July we’re taking an in-depth look at Proverbs, the Bible’s one-of-a-kind book about our never-ending need for wisdom. “The best things in life are…not things.”  The secret of human happiness is no big mystery.  It’s relationships – close, healthy, and enduring relationships.  The first thing about creation that God said was “not good” was the aloneness of the first… Read more »

Five Great Questions

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How many of these questions can you get right? Who are the five wealthiest people in the world today?Who are the last five winners of the Nobel Peace Prize?Who are the last five winners of the Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress?Who are the last five winners of the Super Bowl MVP?Who are the last five winners of the… Read more »


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Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone; Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you.  Those are the opening lines to the folk ballad Fire and Rain, the 1970 song that established James Taylor as one of America’s up-and-coming rock artists.  His state of mind was precarious.  Struggling with depression and a downward spiral of… Read more »

The Power of Friendship

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“We are not ourselves by ourselves.”  (Eugene Peterson) Most of us, at one time or another, cherish a dream of making a difference – of helping to transform this broken world.  All too often such dreams die.  We may run out of resources or resolve or sufficient discipline to stay on the path.  But if we are blessed with the… Read more »


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Every week at the Sunday School I attended as a child, the superintendent closed our brief worship service with the same words. “Let’s all join in the Mizpah Benediction.”  Then we would recite, in lyrical King James English: The Lord watch between me and thee while we are absent one from another. I have no doubt that our superintendent, a… Read more »