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Faith Matters

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By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “2020 VISION – sort of!”  “Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days–you would not believe if you were told.”     – Habakkuk 1:5 I’m reminded that a lot of people have been reading this column these past …

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By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “ON RECONCILIATION” “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” – Hebrews 12:14 Some people are better at reconciling their check books and online statements than they are at managing the important …

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Faith Matters

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By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “LIBERATION— a celebration!” “…and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” – John 8:32  I have been writing this column for almost a year now.  Just as a reminder… this piece is called “Faith Matters” because I believe it does.  Faith matters, …

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The Budding Gardener

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PLEASE PASS THE HERBS By Michelle Thompson My raised bed garden is just big enough to keep me busy this time of year harvesting some vegetables and keeping on top of the watering.  There is a portion of my garden I often forget about, because it is so low maintenance.  …

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Faith Matters

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By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “R-E-S-P-E-C-T — God’s action verb! “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  – John 13:34-35 Around 90 …

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By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “ON BEING GLAD” “Therefore, my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you, o God, will not abandon me.” – Psalms 16:9-10a I learned long ago… happiness is an inside job. You don’t believe me? Hang out with people for a …

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Faith Matters

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“ON FREE WILL” By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I do not want to do, I do.”    – Romans 7:15 Someone once said, ‘life is messy.’  I get it.  St. Paul …

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Faith Matters

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By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “TRAIN UP A CHILD—a never ending task!” “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6 Here’s the two-edged sword that gets pulled out of the closet every so often. Its blade …

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FAITH MATTERS

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“ON TAKING LEAVE” By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  -Jeremiah 29:11 Most pastors get to write one last letter to a congregation.  This is not …

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THE BUDDING GARDENER

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By Michelle Thompson Gardeners are like artists that use plants as their medium and the landscape as their canvas.  Spring provides a new chance to change up the canvas.  Inspiration abounds in on-line gardening sites, gardening magazines, seed catalogs or a trip to the plant nursery. Changing out just a …