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Who Counts not What Counts

Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel,which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the Lord. Exodus 30:13 Throughout history, countries, empires and governments have repeatedly taken a census.  Although there are a number of reasons to take a

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What An Awesome God!

Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory     in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants     you have established a stronghold against your enemies,     to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens,     the work of

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Serve God, Serve the Church

The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all

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Temptations Affect Us All …

Jesus was tempted. In Matthew, it says that he faced 3 big temptations. We can certainly understand temptations – it seems not a day goes by when we’re not tempted to do something we know is wrong. When facing temptations, that is one of the few times that I roll my eyes at someone who

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Annoyed Or Obedient?

Minnesota is known for many things. Unfortunately one of them is mosquitoes … jokingly referred to as the state bird. Mosquitoes have a way of shortening an otherwise nice evening on the back patio. Worse yet is when you try to go to sleep, only to hear one buzzing around you. No matter how much

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United by What??

We are quickly approaching New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  I’ve never understood the idea of celebrating because a page in the calendar is turned.  I heard someone say that it is an occasion that brings people together – regardless of political persuasion, religion, financial situation or cultural background. I continue to find it incomprehensible that

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Need A Reboot?

In this day and age, we all know the solution to our computer problems: reboot. I’m a computer engineer and I regularly tell people asking for help that they should start by seeing if a reboot will help their computer. A reboot clears the memory and loads the programs fresh. This fresh, clean start is

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Passion … Or …

I always roll my eyes when I’m at a church and people recite a liturgy in a monotone voice, like there’s no passion. Quite often people sing hymns without reflecting on the words – they sing because that’s what’s next in the program. And as sad as it sounds, that seems to be the situation

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Hearing God?

I woke up with a jolt to the sound of an alarm.  It was my alarm clock going off, telling me it was time to get up and start the day.  So after being jolted awake I immediately began swatting at my clock … but no matter what button I pressed, the alarm didn’t stop.

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Your-A-List Celeb…

There was a kid going thru cancer treatments and his one request was to get a hat or t-shirt from a fire station. He hopes to be a firefighter someday.  Firefighters visited him in the hospital – they are his version of an A-list celebrity. What is your version of an A-list celebrity? An actor

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