Weekly Ponderings

Receiving God's Gifts

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been studying about and learning from Jesus’ ministry with the Apostle Peter.  Three weeks ago, in the midst of Peter’s vacillating faith, Jesus gave him a gentle rebuke, “You of little faith, why did you doubt.”  Last week, after Jesus began to teach the disciples that he must suffer and die, Peter spoke up too quickly, thought he knew more than what he knew and took the place of the teacher saying to Jesus, “this...


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Life Questions to Ponder

“Choose life so that you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19) These words are part of the conclusion to the great farewell address attributed to Moses in chapters 29-30 of the book of Deuteronomy.  “Choose life so that you may live in the land.”  These words were written for people filled with disillusionment and despair for they had experienced a great devastation after having their hopes raised.  The people of Judah’s hopes had...


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The Whole Trouble

“What does God require of his followers?” was the question we explored last Sunday.  We heard the Prophet Micah’s answer: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”  When we live connected to God we are invited to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.  When we do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God we become open...


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A purpose for Living Connected

I begin these ponderings by asking a few questions based upon last Sunday’s sermon. What kind of bait did you fish with this past week?  Was it better bait?  If you had to describe your life this past week as a work of art, what would it be? Last Sunday we explored how God wants to remold the lives of his followers so that others might come to know the love of God.  This is one reason we seek to live connected to God.  As God remolds us, others have an...


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Fishing with Better Bait

In last Sunday’s sermon I told Fred Craddock’s story of waking up one morning in a hotel room near Ocala, Florida, worried about the maid thinking he was not alone in the room the previous night because he had slept on both sides of the bed.  He went on to say, “if I care about what some unknown maid thinks, what about my friends, my peers?” I asked whether we let fear of what other people think of us affect what we do or say when it comes to sharing what God has...


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The promise of Patiently Waiting

As you probably know, this Monday, January 16th, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  What you might not know is that for the past four years our church has partnered with St. Paul’s Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Day to cook and prepare mobile meals for home-bound and low-income folks in Greater West Chester.  Last year more than 275 meals were provided.  Volunteers are needed this Monday to fill bags and to deliver meals.  You can sign up here for this mobile meals...


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What does baptism mean?

Perhaps you have already seen the video of the young boy baptizing himself last fall.  The pastor is going long, as pastors can sometimes do, with his introductory words.  The pastor mentions how the young boy has waited a long time for this day.  But before the pastor can baptize him, the young boy dunks himself.  It’s a cute and funny video.  I am sure that the young boy as well as many people in that congregation will always remember it.  Do you...


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Christmas Celebrations

It’s the day before Christmas Eve.  I hope all of your preparations for personal and family celebrations have been made or will be made by the end of tonight so that we can calm and center ourselves tomorrow as we celebrate the hope of Christmas.  We have two Christmas Eve Services planned for Saturday.  The first service is our 7:00 p.m. Family Service.  During this service we will celebrate the small gifts we have given or plan to give to the baby Jesus during this...


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Signs, Signs, Signs

As I’ve studied our Biblical texts (Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 11:2-6) for this Sunday I was reminded of the song “Signs.” “Signs”, was originally written and recorded by the Five Man Electrical Band in 1971.  Obviously, that’s not when I first heard it.  I first heard it when the heavy metal band Tesla covered it in 1990.  The original chorus was, “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery breakin’ my mind, do...


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Where to Find Hope?

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   Last Sunday we began our Advent Journey together.  Recall that Advent is a time to prepare ourselves with great care to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We described this Advent journey as a journey filled with hope.  This Sunday we’ll explore where we might find and experience hope as we get moving on our Advent Journey.  Hope!  In the great meditation on love found in I Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul writes,...


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