prayers, real people

Real Prayers for Real People

It has occurred to me that, because I'm a "trained professional," that people may have some pre-conceived notions about how I'm praying when I tell them I'm praying for them or their loved ones. Spoiler alert: I ...

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Be Quick to Listen

James 1:17-27 Martin Luther really hated the Book of James. He called it a “right strawy epistle… for it has no gospel in it.” And you can see his point. Jesus Christ, is mentioned only twice in ...

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange)

Theologian and author Anthony Podavano says, “There is a good deal of difference between loss, change and transformation. A loss is a step backward; a change is an opportunity; transformation is a step forward. The ...

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That’s Not in the Bible: The Lord Helps Those Who Helps Themselves

The Lord Helps Those Who Help Themselves Isaiah 10: 1-4 2 Thessalonians 3:6-16 Throughout the week here at First Pres, we get people dropping by asking for assistance. To be honest, after almost 6 years here, I have ...

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What’s a White Girl to do When Black Churches are Burning?

Privileged shock is a complicated emotion. That's the feeling that White people get when we hear that another Black church has burned. We are horrified at the hate, and yet we know that our shock does ...

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Adopted by God

Ephesians 1:3-14 Back around A.D. (or C.E.) fifty-something, Paul arrived in Ephesus and began spreading the good news. He got the Jesus movement going and helped the folks there form a church over the course of ...

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