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Good Morning August 22

The coast of Maine is rugged. There have been many ship wrecks in these north Atlantic seas. In the early 1800s a church was built in a seaport town with a 175 ft. tall steeple and gold cross on top. That cross could be seen by seaman while still a great distance from shore. If they aimed their boat toward that cross they were sure to find safe harbor. Wow! What an illustration! When I heard that story last week I had tears in my heart. If only all of us on these rough seas of life could understand that lesson! In my mail, when we came home from vacation, was a letter from the Frederick County Board of Commissioners stating the policy for clergy invited to open Board meetings with prayer. They must be strictly non-sectarian. They can be from Buddhist, Hindu, Christians, Moslems or any faith group, but above all cannot mention the name of Jesus. I still have tears in my heart, but for an entirely different reason. No 19th century sailor would have understood the Frederick County Commissioners. Nor would the framers of our Constitution who the Board claims to represent. We must keep our eyes on the cross.

Good Morning January 24

The news article has been out this week that many in the community that follow astrological signs are upset. It seems that there was a shift in the zodiac, and people who, all their lives, thought they were under one sign are now under a different one. And since signs supposedly indicate one’s personality type, they are wondering if there personality is now supposed to change. Christians, however, are under a different sign – the sign of the cross, and that sign never changes. Further, that sign doesn’t just determine our personality, it changes our hearts. In our baptismal service the pastor makes the sign of the cross on the forehead and on the chest. Our minds and our hearts remain under that unchanging sign for life. That is what is to determine who we are, and that sign will never change.

Good Morning November 16

We want the Christian life to easy. We pray for safety, for healing, for prosperity, and peace. We look for a church congregation that will satisfy our needs. We don’t like church activities that impact on our schedule and our finances. Maybe I exaggerate a bit for most of you, and it is not wrong to pray for safety and healing, but what about the challenge that Christianity places upon us? Jesus told His disciples, “They will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.”(Luke 21:12-13) Oh, but that was for the apostles, not for the rest of us! Really? He said to the crowd, ” If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) The Christian life is lived under the free gift of God’s life in Jesus Christ, but it is a life lived in this fallen world, and that is not easy. Are we ready for the challenge?

Good Morning September 23

Jesus prayed that His followers would be one. (John 17) Paul speaks of Christians being connected as a body, all parts being necessary. (ICor.12) But this is the one thing the devil has attacked with all his force, and unfortunately, done a pretty good job at dividing people and the church. He knows that there is strength before God when two or three or more join their hearts in their common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We teach our kids that there is safety in numbers, and it is a lesson we keep in mind for ourselves. All of you who receive this message are different, in different denominations, and with different understandings of parts of Scripture. But we stand as one in our common faith in Christ. Jesus is our Lord. We will let Him, at some point, sort out our differences, but together we stand under the glorious sign of the cross.