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What if These Are Words of Love?

The Parable of the Talents can make readers uneasy. It can leave us with an unsettling aftertaste of a vengeful God that doesn’t square up to the image of the loving God in which we profess our faith. So what’s the rub? Do assumptions cloud our ability to find any...
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Doors for the Word

As we approach the holiday, we consider the practical meaning of the word “thanksgiving”. It appears many times in scripture, including this week’s passage from Colossians. How do we differentiate the Christian and secular forms of “thanksgiving”?...
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A Glimpse Beyond What We ‘Know’

The book of Revelation intimidates many who attempt to interpret and understand its possible meanings. We try our best to deduce what the imagery described symbolizes. As Vernon writes, in doing so, we risk losing the power of the experience the vision evokes. If we consider our...
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Follow His Lead — Reform Your Life

This Sunday, the Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s act of protest that gave birth to Protestant denominations. Martin Luther’s desire to reform the church came from a belief that God is present with each of us, and that no rules of man’s...
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Live Like You’re Loved

In this week’s blog, Vernon writes that in order to show true compassion, we must be willing to share in some of the experience of the “other”. The Bible passages discussed at Faith in Real Life illustrate concisely that struggle. The Jewish people fell into...
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Practice Receiving God’s Grace

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed Matthew 7:7-12, a familiar text. “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” These words offer hope for many, but as Vernon writes, if we are not careful, our...
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So My Soul Longs for You, O God

This Sunday, Decatur Presbyterian celebrates a special anniversary. Matt McMahan, DPC’s Choir Director, and his wife Lori, DPC’s Children’s Choir Director, have served the church for 20 years. In preparation for this special worship service, Faith in Real Life...
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Safe in God’s Care

We approach World Communion Sunday this week acutely aware of the divisions among us. We need desperately the reminder communion offers that we are all God’s children helping each other through this life. John chapter three provides us this reminder. God sent Jesus into the...
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Do This and You Will Live

“I understand that I am to love the Lord with all my heart, and that I’m to love my neighbor as myself, but who is my neighbor?” The lawyer’s question to Jesus from Luke 10 provides the backdrop for the Parable of the Good Samaritan. What does this...
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Doubt and Worship

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed the story of the Great Commission from the book of Matthew. The disciples last encounter with Christ had been the crucifixion and burial. Now, they are instructed by the women who had seen the risen Lord to travel many miles to the top of a...
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