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Explaining a bar and bat mitzvah

For many Christians in the western hemisphere, including Roman Catholics, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a celebration of their coming of age. In many Protestant churches, the rite of Confirmation is seen as a mature statement of a person’s faith. This is why many western Christians are confirmed between the ages of 12 and 15, when they are on the cusp of adulthood and capable of fully realizing the importance of professing their faith.

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Updated: mar. 08, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Where is your heart today?

Where is your heart? When we say the pledge to the flag of the United States, we place our hand over our heart on the left side of our chest, is that where our heart is?

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Posted: apr. 18, 2015 3:38 p.m. | Updated: apr. 19, 2015 6:00 a.m.

J. McCoy: Pass it on ...

Along the coast line of the Sea of Galilee lies a little stop in the road community in the middle of a very green farm area, called Kibbutz Ginosar. We stop to see the 2,000-year-old boat at the museum, but outside, like an overlooked simple lace collar on a beautiful dress, the mosaic benches line the sculptured lawn, making a welcoming place for people to sit as they soak in the fresh air and sunshine. A kibbutz is a place of growing, a farming area that sustains the people of the area. This is not the only kibbutz in ...

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 7:29 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Burnham: A true disciple

A true disciple of Christ has more to do than just be a faithful follower.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 7:28 p.m.

What is God seeing when he looks at you

Jesus gives six “woes” in Luke 11, I wonder if any of them would cause us to say, “Woe is me?”

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:30 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Just a thought

Just a Thought: Are you ceremonial, or spiritual?

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 3:52 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Telling your story: a Christian duty

Beside the Sea of Galilee and up from Tiberias lies the Kibbutz Ginosar. A kibbutz is an area in Israel rich in farmland and vegetation. Kibbutz communities rely on agriculture for their income, and much of the area’s fruits and vegetables come from these communities. The Kibbutz Ginosar is also known as the place for the “resurrection” of a 2000 year old fishing vessel which dates back to the first century. Known as the “Jesus boat,” this boat was probably in use for many decades on the Sea of Galilee, and was the kind of boat that Jesus and ...

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 4:02 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 3:00 a.m.

No longer strangers...

During my trip to Bethlehem, I had the pleasure of visiting the St. Nicolas Church, an Arab Christian congregation that sits on a side street just up the hill from the Angel Hotel. Behind the church in a small courtyard lie tombs of past leaders of the church. The graves are surrounded with flowers and marked with names and a picture, reminding all who visit this small churchyard of the faithfulness of these beloved leaders.

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Posted: mar. 07, 2015 2:52 p.m. | Updated: mar. 08, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Explaining a bar and bat mitzvah

For many Christians in the western hemisphere, including Roman Catholics, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a celebration of their coming of age. In many Protestant churches, the rite of Confirmation is seen as a mature statement of a person’s faith. This is why many western Christians are confirmed between the ages of 12 and 15, when they are on the cusp of adulthood and capable of fully realizing the importance of professing their faith.

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Posted: mar. 07, 2015 3:04 p.m. | Updated: mar. 08, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Just a thought: Express yourself

Have you ever had a need, but couldn’t express it?

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Posted: mar. 07, 2015 2:55 p.m. | Updated: mar. 08, 2015 4:00 a.m.

Who sees you?

Who are you teaching to pray? Now maybe no one has come to you like Jesus disciples and asked you specifically to teach them to pray. However, we don’t always teach one on one or in a class or Sunday school class room either. The truth is we do far more teaching from a distance than we realize.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:16 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.
Consider the lilies ...

Consider the lilies ...

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? “

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:20 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.
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The Mary, Martha Syndrome

I know you’ve heard of this one; “The Mary, Martha syndrome” Yup, we take a step back on purpose to remind us we need to be careful not to let the good things in our life rob us of the God things. Backing up to a small scene with huge implications in Luke 10, we find Jesus coming into the home of His single friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus. This is place where Jesus can find rest and relaxation from His busy schedule. He has just about six months left before He will be crucified and he stops by ...

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 7:00 a.m.

A view from the mountain

For the next few weeks, my meditations will grow out of the many thoughts, feelings and prayers from the Holy Land. If you follow me on Facebook, some of this may look familiar as my Lenten Journey this year will contain reflections from my recent trip. Some will be included here. Our first day of touring started here at Qumran, an archaeological dig site for artifacts. Many of the places we went in the Holy Land are or have been archaeological dig sites. When civilizations come to ruin and new civilizations are built on top of them, it takes archaeologists ...

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 3:47 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 7:00 a.m.
All about Lent

All about Lent

When more than 2 billion Christians around the world begin observing Lent next week, they will do so in a variety of ways.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 4:27 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.
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Keep your clothes on

“You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 4:22 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.

He always listens, even if it doesn't seem like it

“You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 4:23 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.

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