As We Prepare for the Eclipse …

As we surely all know by now, on August 21, 2017 (next Monday) we are going to see an eclipse. Well, from my backyard, I will see a PARTIAL ECLIPSE — but it will happen next Monday. For those of us who live around Holy Trinity, this partial eclipse will begin at approximately 1:30 pm,

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Why I love Pipe Organs at Worship

I really love pipe organs! I love the massive sound they make as they seize my heart and pull my whole being into worship. I love the powerful sound these instruments make — a sound that matches on the outside the overwhelming emotions I so often feel on the inside during worship. I know I’ve

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Why Bother Reading the Bible?

Lots of Christians read through the entire Bible every year. Some make sure to re-read it every summer. In fact, some years ago I bought a “pre-sliced” Bible that had you read a passage from the Old Testament, a passage from the New Testament, a section of Psalms and a section of Proverbs on each

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Don’t Quit — Keep Playing!

The folklore surrounding Poland’s famous concert pianist and prime minister, Ignace Paderewski, includes this story: A mother, wishing to encourage her young son’s progress at the piano, bought tickets for a Paderewski performance. When the night arrived, they found their seats near the front of the concert hall and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on

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What Happens in Heaven When We Pray?

(Yesterday my brother-in-law sent me this message. I thought it was so timely! I hope you enjoy it.) WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN WE PRAY? I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front

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Trash or Treasure?

Craig Randall was the driver of a garbage truck in Peabody, Massachusetts. Occasionally, he would salvage something from the trash: some books, an old-fashioned sewing machine, a Wendy’s soft drink cup. The week before, Craig had won a chicken sandwich at Wendy’s, and since the prize sticker was still on the cup, Craig checked it

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The Wisdom of Obedience

In September of 2005, Hurricane Katrina brought widespread destruction to the entire Gulf Coast. At Pass Christian, Mississippi, the Category 3 hurricane brought with it a huge storm surge and reported sustained winds of 125 mph, bringing the water level to a reported elevation of 28 feet. When the winds died down and the water

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Castles of Snow

In 1996, Finns who couldn’t get enough of winter swarmed to the northern town of Kemi for the opening of a sprawling ice castle that featured a theater, a playground, an art gallery, and a chapel. (You could Google ” Kemi SnowCastle 2017″) This SnowCastle was originally built as a present to all the children

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The Guardian of My Soul

The Denver Post reported that Lexy Lowler, like many sheep ranchers in the West, had tried just about everything to stop crafty coyotes from killing her sheep. She used odor sprays, electric fences, and “scare coyotes”. She had slept with her lambs during the summer and has placed battery-operated radios near them. She corralled them

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Somewhere There’s a Woodpecker Waiting

NASA had reasons to be proud in 1995! In June of 1995, NASA had many reasons to be proud of itself. That month, the space agency had launched its 100th “manned” mission into space. It was also a time of “studied cooperation” between two once-rival space programs. The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis docked

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