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"I will bless you so that you will be a blessing." Are you blessed with special talents? Do you have a loving family with financial resources? Do you make friends easily? Do you have a talent for comforting others, or making people laugh? Are you a skilled worker? None of these are things that we can ever deserve; they are genuinely gifts given to us by grace. What do you do when given a gracious gift -- a gift more generous than you can ever hope to return? Many of us probably refuse such gifts. We don't want to be indebted to another. Our pride gets in the way.
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The Nurturing Trait of Faith
by Keith Wagner
Psalm 67

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Perhaps on this holiday weekend, which culturally marks the beginning of summer, it is right for us to think of the image of coming and going. People traditionally do a lot of coming and going during the summer.  The change in season combines with the relief from school schedules to make it rather common for folks to do much of their traveling and vacationing during the summer months. You and I as pastors will no doubt have to endure a lot of coming and going that may reflect itself in a dip in attendance.
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But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. (v. 26)

Hello children,

I am so glad to see you this morning. Know why? It's a time for worship. And more than that, I get to tell you good news. The good news from John's gospel today, is about a very special friend who is here with us today.

But first, how many of you have friends? (children respond)

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Jenny was having fun. Her friend Martha had brought a graphical calculator into school. Martha had borrowed the calculator from her older brother, who used it for his advanced maths. He'd been off school for a week, so Martha had figured he wouldn't need his calculator for a while. She and Jenny had soon discovered a great bowling game hidden in the depths of the calculator, and Jenny, to her excitement had just reached level three.

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Richard E. Zajac
... do not let your hearts be troubled...

Unfortunately, Maalox moments seem to outnumber peaceful moments. I offer a few reasons why.

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