Spoken Word Messages

Handel’s Messiah – Sunday, April 13, 2014

Posted on Apr 16th, 2014

For more than 250 years, millions of people all over the world have marveled at the sound and majesty of George Frideric Handel’s sacred oratorio Messiah. Composed in a burst of inspiration in only 23 days, it was first performed as an Easter offering in the spring of 1742 in Dublin, Ireland. Since then, it has been performed thousands of times in every corner of the world, becoming one of the most popular pieces of music ever created. But it almost didn’t happen at all. In 1741, the 56-year-old Handel had just suffered through a series of musical failures and had lost his royal…

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Blessed Are the Meek – Sunday, April 6, 2014

Posted on Apr 6th, 2014

The prophet Moses is one of the great leaders in history. He is honored and revered in multiple faith traditions worldwide. Raised as a prince in Pharaoh’s court, Moses grew up with every advantage. He was educated and powerful; as the scripture records, he “was mighty in words and in deeds.”1 And yet he forsook his wealth and worldly acclaim and became a humble servant of God, dedicating his strength and abilities—even the rest of his life—to helping others. In the end, he was described as “very meek, above all the men … upon the face of the earth.”2 We often think of a…

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Just Do What You Can – Sunday, March 30, 2014

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2014

We can’t do everything for everyone, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing something for someone. Noted author and religious leader Neal A. Maxwell was a very compassionate but busy man. He had on his office wall a useful reminder of this reality of life by Anne Morrow Lindbergh: “My life cannot implement in action the demands of all the people to whom my heart responds.”1 That’s not so much an excuse to ignore the needs of others as it is a perceptive statement about pace and wisely doing what we can.2 We serve no one well when we try to run faster than we have strength or do…

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Still the Strife, the Loneliness and Grief- Sunday, March 23, 2014

Posted on Mar 24th, 2014

To one degree or another, we all experience loss. And the loss we feel most deeply is the loss of loved ones whom we miss so much. Out of this collective mourning comes a shared understanding—the unity of those who sorrow that transcends words but cannot escape our hearts. In our efforts to console those who suffer loss, our words of comfort, though earnest, may not always fill the gap in their heart. Our warm embrace, however, can help them feel less alone. Often just knowing that someone understands—that someone has felt what they feel—is enough to help them begin to heal—to push…

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Keep The Lower Lights Burning – Sunday, March 16, 2014

Posted on Mar 17th, 2014

A long time ago, noted preacher Dwight Moody told his congregation a story about a boat, helplessly rocking and plunging on a stormy, starless night near the Cleveland harbor. The mariners on board could see the lighthouse, but they needed to find their way through the narrow passage in the treacherous rocks that surrounded the harbor. Normally a light on the shore, aligned with the lighthouse, marked the passage to safety. But on this night, the lower lights had gone out. Finally, the desperate captain decided they had no choice but to proceed into the harbor without the guidance of the…

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