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By REV. DR. BRIAN GIGEE “WHEN EMPATHY LEADS TO COMPASSION” “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, …

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FAITH. HOPE. LOVE. By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee Many years ago, the human rights activist Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” I know this seems difficult to …

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“IN THE MEANTIME” By Rev. Dr. Brian Gigee “But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.  They spread their wings and soar like eagles! They run and don’t get tired; they walk and don’t lag behind.”   – Isaiah 40:31 (The Message)  The Bible can be a confusing book to read at …

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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 “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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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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“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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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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“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 …