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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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The Power of Positive Living – March 9, 2014

Posted on Mar 9th, 2014

“If you were arrested for kindness, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” commentator Michael Josephson once asked. He then noted something we have all experienced: “Some people cheer up a room by entering it, others by leaving it. What do you bring to your interactions with workmates, friends, and family? Is it encouragement, optimism, or kind words? Or is it pessimism, criticism, or cynicism?”1 As beautiful and abundant as this world is, there often seems to be a shortage of kindness and optimism. Many of us are doing our best to stay positive and look for the good, but…

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