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“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14) John the Apostle expresses in short form the truth that God became a human and lived among the human race in a specific time and place. This extraordinary event is called “The Incarnation,” a term which...

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Pastor’s Patter

In two consecutive years, 1846 and 1847, a quarter of Ireland’s population perished in what is called the “Potato Famine.” That misnomer attributes that disaster solely to natural causes; whereas, the blame can be ascribed to something even more sinister. Other...

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Theodore Roosevelt served as President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. One of his achievements prior to becoming president was being recognized as a well-informed naturalist, having begun collecting specimens of plants, insects, and other animals as a child....

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Pastor’s Patter

“Love one another.” (John 13:34) This is Christian love: Behaving in such a way that one’s actions are beneficial to someone else. By that definition, love can be something simple, such as holding a door for someone who is carrying a package or putting a few coins...

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Jesus had a lot to say about wealth. There was a story about a rich man and a poor man named Lazarus. Each had his own reward. The rich man in this life, and the poor man in the next. The lesson has something to say regarding immediate versus delayed gratification....

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Pastor’s Patter May, 2020 A group of men was struggling up a steep hill. Lungs sucking in the night air. Thighs burning from exertion. Sweat streaming down grimy faces. One of the men was named “Reems.” This was no ordinary hill. It was in Korea in the early 1950’s,...

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Pastor’s Patter

Pastor’s Patter March, 2020 R.V. Burgin was born and raised in East Texas. He worked hard on the family farm yet found the time to play football on his high school team. His parents took him to Sunday School and church. He grew up believing in God. When war came on...

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Pastor’s Patter

A young man sat, angry and alone, in a prison cell. The heavy door opened. An old priest entered the dank cubicle. Without ceremony, he greeted the prisoner with these words, “What did you do?” “The police say I killed a man,” the young man replied. “Was it...

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Pastor’s Patter

He was sixteen years old and, although he could not swim, he heard the sea beckon to him. He wanted to be a sailor. There was a problem, however. He resided a few hundred miles from the nearest ocean. But he was determined. As he saw it, the first step to reach his...

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Pastor’s Patter

On April 1, 1974, for the first time in the history of the United States, a national speed limit was put into effect. The purpose was to conserve gasoline during the energy crisis. At first, having to drive no faster than 55 miles per hour seemed like an April Fool’s...

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Pastor’s Patter

If you were lucky enough to survive the Bataan death march, then you would have found yourself a prisoner of war at Cabanatuan, the most brutal prison camp in the Philippians during World War II. Thirty percent of Allied prisoners held in Japanese camps did not...

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Bob, weary from a long day and half a night behind the wheel of his eighteen-wheeler, down- shifted off the California interstate and listened to the engine growl toward a parking spot in the rest area. To him, the non-descript, nearly deserted pit stop seemed to be...

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Pastor’s Patter

How then shall we live? After Martin Luther had finished explaining a passage of scripture in a sermon or a lecture, he would ask this question: How then shall we live? Truth had been revealed to Luther’s parishioners or students. They had been enlightened, but the...

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Pastor’s Patter

It was battered and scarred and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while, to waste his time on the old violin, but he held it up with a smile. “What am I bid, good people,” he cried, “Who starts the bidding for me? One dollar? One dollar. Do I hear two? Two...

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Some people go to the dump and return home with more stuff than they took in the first place. The following happened to one of those people. The incident occurred near Ichon, South Korea in July, 1953. An American soldier heard a noise in a pile of trash. Curious, he...

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Pastor’s Patter

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 ESV) Some people carry burdens they don’t have to. If you are walking from the parking garage toward the airport terminal and a traveling companion offers to carry one of your...

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Pastor’s Patter

Student to math teacher: That isn’t right! Teacher: What’s not right? Student: You said that X equals 4. Teacher: Yes, I did. So? Student: Well, yesterday you said that X equals 3. Somethings just don’t make sense. Here’s one that may not make sense to you. An angel...

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“Ossie Davis was a big man, and kind; he taught Sunday School; he was gentle with children and courteous to strangers.” * The world remembers him best as an actor, and he was a fine actor. He was also a playwright, who wrote and acted in Purlie Victorious. That’s how...

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Pastor’s Patter

“U.S. BANS TRAVEL AFTER DEATH” This statement was a headline on page A7 of the July 22 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. It alarmed me! Did this recently instituted policy mean that people would have to be buried where they dropped? As I contemplated the...

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