Category Archives: Christianity

Christmas in Focus

As fun as it is, playing Santa for friends and family every year can become quite a chore. We can begin to feel frazzled and pulled in many directions. Although many of us take pride in our skill at multi-tasking, … Continue reading

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Seeking both lessons and blessings amidst the pain

A few years ago I was asked to speak at a women’s meeting and to bring, “Just seven to ten minutes on the topic of forgiveness.” Easy, right? There are possibly hundreds of books written on that topic and I … Continue reading

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Tough love

“I won’t thank a god who allows such suffering!” “How can anyone be thankful with all the tragedy and pain in the world?” “If God is all-powerful, why does He allow bad things to happen to good people?” Those questions … Continue reading

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A Thankful Heart

Even though we are being rushed from Halloween straight to Christmas these days, we cannot overlook the fact that this Thursday is Thanksgiving.   Although established by political action and not a strictly religious holiday, Thanksgiving originated with an outpouring … Continue reading

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Thoughts and Prayers

Although it is mid-November, the wildfire season here in California isn’t over. Northern California was forcibly reminded of that fact yesterday when a devastating fire blew up in Butte County, wiping out the charming mountain city of Paradise in a … Continue reading

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Costumes and Character

With Halloween just past, you may think I’m commenting on the usual dust-up about which costumes are acceptable in this PC age, but that’s not what is on my  mind. I’ve been revisiting C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters, that Christian classic … Continue reading

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What can I believe?

“I just don’t know what to believe, anymore!” In our information-dense culture we are constantly bombarded with information; every source claiming to have the true take on every topic. With wildly conflicting versions, no wonder we don’t know what to … Continue reading

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The Halloween Question

Halloween is a controversial holiday for many Christians. Feelings about this holiday range all the way from fear and loathing of it’s satanic overtones to glee at the idea of candy, costumes, and fond childhood memories. Anyone who has done … Continue reading

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Beauty in dying

When Fall finally arrives in Northern California, we can’t compete with the autumn displays of the northeastern states, but there are still occasional bursts of rich color scattered in the hills and valleys where I live.  Walking along the streets … Continue reading

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A Sample Children’s Sermon

I was recently asked by my pastor to prepare the children’s sermon for our worship hour. I was hesitant because I know how tricky it can be to present something meaningful for both children and the rest of the congregation. … Continue reading

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