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Dean Feldmeyer

Meeting Jesus Again

Luke 24:13-35

Last month the Barna Research Group released some more of their findings about why people, especially those in the millennial generation, aren’t going to church. Basically, it can be boiled down into two assertions:
1. I’m not meeting God at church; and
2. The church isn’t making the world a better place.
     In other words, from their perspective the Christian church, in all of its modern
permutations, is not keeping the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40), nor is it living out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
     Of course, Barna says, this is not news. It has been happening for decades. It’s just being felt more now because the numbers are greater.
     People come to church to meet Jesus, up close and personal, face to face. They want and expect not just to hear about Jesus but to have an encounter with the Living Christ. They are hungry for that encounter; they need it to give their lives meaning, direction, depth, and authenticity. And they want to be part of something that is actually improving their lives and the lives of generations to come.
     Like those two disciples walking to Emmaus on that first Easter afternoon, they are at loose ends and looking for direction -- and they are asking us to help them find it through Jesus Christ. See more...
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My Laughin' Place

There's an old Uncle Remus story about Br'er Rabbit. Br'er Fox catches Br'er Rabbit and is fixin' to cook him for supper. Rabbit kinda giggles behind his hand. Fox grabs him by the ear, and says, "Why you laughin'?"
     Rabbit says, "Jus' thinkin' 'bout my Laughin' Place." Fox says, "What Laughin' Place?" Rabbit says, "Oh, I cain't tell you about it. I got to show you!"
     So ol' Br'er Fox fergits about cooking and takes Br'er Rabbit to where he says. Of course, they come to a briar patch and Br'er Rabbit slips away from his captor. A very angry Br'er Fox hollers at Rabbit from across the briar patch: "I ain't laughin'! I thought you said this was a Laughin' Place?"
     With peels of laughter Br'er Rabbit says, "I said this was my Laughin' Place! Yours is bound to be different from mine!"
     Lots of people come to church looking mad like Br'er Fox. This is not their Laughin' Place. Don't tell them to make a joyful noise unto the Lord! They don't want the good news. It's too cheerful. They want the bad news, and stop there....
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Sandra Herrmann

Redemption in Christ

Many years ago, I was invited to the home of a parish family for Easter dinner. It was a big family, and some of us were standing around the edges of the dining room, waiting for the fragrant aromas to turn into something to eat. It’s always tricky for a woman pastor too. Should I be helping in the kitchen? No. I was the pastor. Still, the offer was greeted with smiles. The grandfather of the clan walked over to me and said, “Pastor, I have a question about your sermon this morning. What’s your definition of a Christian?”...
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Peter Andrew Smith

Burning Hearts

Luke 24:13-35

Heather lined the basketball up with the net. She took a deep breath and made her shot. The ball was high and missed. She tried again. This time the ball hit the backboard and went toward the corner. Heather sighed and let the ball bounce away. This is useless. I can’t make a basket no matter how much I try. She made her way over to the bench in the empty community center gymnasium and slumped down....
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Janice Scott

Strangers or neighbours?

A week or two ago I received an unexpected registered package through the post. It was a manuscript and turned out to be the memoirs of an elderly relative, Mary, who was a cousin of my mother's, and who had died a couple of years previously....
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Mary Kay Eichelman

Is It Raining?

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I have an umbrella with me today, not because it is raining outside (or maybe it is!) but I want to talk about how it can sometimes “rain” in our lives. Have you ever had a situation where just one thing after another goes wrong? ....
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