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How Thankful was Thanksgiving?

This year with the COVID virus raging among us, it was difficult to get together with family and friends. To be safe many did not do so. Does this mean that our Thanksgiving was deleted this year? … more

No Failure is Fatal

In the 1991 Super Bowl, the Buffalo Bills faced the New York Giants. The Bills had the ball during the final minute of the game. They reached the Giants’ 29 yard line. The Giants were ahead by … more

Halloween, All Saints Day, And All Souls Day

Everybody knows the secular holiday of Halloween; but not everybody knows it derives from a holy day, All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1, followed by All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2. Did you realize that … more

God’s Wonderful World

As we look around the wonderful mountains that we have in this region of the Catskills we see the season of fall in all its splendor. We see the colors splashed all the hillsides. It is a sight that … more

Peter And the Wolf

Peter And the Wolf is a musical composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. It is a symphonic fairytale where a narrator tells a children’s story while the orchestra illustrates … more

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The story of Lazarus being raised from the dead in John 11 is an attention-getter. It reveals the miraculous power that is available to us through Christ. Jesus was a friend of Lazarus and his two … more

The Return

On Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, there was a National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance in Washington, DC. The theme of the event was “The Return.” “The Return” means that … more

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In the course of our lives when troubles arrive it seems that God is extremely far away. Things happen that we had not planned for. Troubles come in threes. Sometimes God seems so far away. He seems … more

Unchartered Waters

An expression that we often hear these days during the pandemic is that “we are in unchartered waters.” Water is frequently used as a metaphor. Water itself is a remarkable compound, H2O, … more

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Computers are an amazing tool when we learn to use them properly. We’ve probably all had the experience of thinking we had saved a document, only to realize it wasn’t saved correctly, and … more

Thank God

What a beautiful morning it is as I write this. Spring has finally arrived in all its beauty. The trees are blooming, flowers are blooming making for a glorious springtime. The earth is showing the … more

The Star Thrower

There is a story told by scientist and philosopher Loren Eiseley (1907-1977) that tells a story for all of us to heed:  “Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the … more

The Rainbow

The other day as I was leaving church I saw a rainbow. It wasn’t particularly a big one. Just a small shower and a small rainbow. My wife and I enjoyed and she took a nice picture of … more


The Hebrew word SHALOM is commonly understood around the world to mean peace. But our English word peace doesn’t quite do this word justice. Interestingly, in Israel, where there is little … more


Valentine’s Day is a day reserved to remember Saint Valentine, the patron Saint of Love. Actually if it were not for Hallmark, we would most likely have lost the story of this … more

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Ann Lewin, author of “Seasons of Grace,” tells a story of new life we can all share during Eastertide, she writes: “Henry and Henrietta were two tiny, wriggly caterpillars who … more

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Luke 5:27-29 (NIV) states: Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting in his booth. “Follow me” he said. Levi got up and followed him. Then Levi had a great banquet for Jesus at … more

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Colonel Goethals received tremendous criticism throughout the planning and building of the Panama Canal. An assistant had all he could take of the criticism one day. He asked the Colonel, “Aren’t … more

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Fall begins this week. What a wonderful time of year. Kids are back to school, cool, crisp air, football and soccer games, the leaves are beginning to change. What a wonderful time of the year. … more

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September is the month we celebrate Labor Day. Labor Day is a national U.S. holiday held on the first Monday every September. It actually was first celebrated in 1882 in New York City under the … more
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