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Site believed to be the birthplace of Jesus underneath the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Do you ever have your doubts? If you don’t, maybe you should. If I am around a bunch of people that have no doubts and know a lot of things for sure I want to head for the door.

Personally, I am skeptical about a lot of things. I actually try to limit the things that I believe in so that people take me seriously about what I do believe. And I do believe some things. I believe that doubts are actually where real faith begins. It seems to me that it is the nature of anything we want to…


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The president and his press secretary have made allegations of broad-based election fraud. However, in court, Trump’s lawyers back away from actually asserting fraud or conspiracy. Attorneys, who are officers of the court are restrained by professional ethics, rules of civil procedure and rules of evidence. They could face sanctions from the court.

This is a good example of what each of us individuals and our social networks should do. …


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Have you ever owned rental property or been a landlord? If so you have probably met “The Renters from Hell”.

From the day that you hand the RFH the keys, they act as if they own the property - not you. It is as if they are the ones that bought it, fixed it up and pay the taxes. Without consulting you they do dumb things: They let their teenager paint one of the bedrooms black-including the windows. Everyone in the family smokes except the dog and they are not supposed to have pets anyway. …


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How can we get it together? Our discussions about divisions in our country seem to be unaware of the divisions that exist in our very selves. Truth is, we are often divided within our own persons.

Think of it this way: You have two of everything. There are two sides to your brain. You have two ears, two eyes, two nostrils. You have two lungs and even two chambers in your one heart. You have two arms, two kidneys. Need I go on?

There’s a psychological test called the Rorschach test. They make ink blots on paper and then fold…


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A foreign woman approached Jesus of Nazareth. Her daughter is deathly ill. She knelt down before him as if in prayer and asked, “Lord, help me.” Jesus answered by saying: “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Is this the Jesus that we know and love?

If you are someone who prays, or someone who has tried to pray, you probably have wondered: Is anyone really listening? Does this matter? There may be an answer to your prayers, but it might not be the answer that you want.

Please put up with…


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Easter is coming up. So what church do you belong to? Do you belong to the Church of Life or do you belong to the Community Church of Death? Is your life a celebration most of the time or is it pretty much a funeral?

It has been nine years since my dad died at age 98. As an ordained minister, I have officiated at more funerals than I ever would have wanted to perform. More than enough to know that when someone is 98 years old, there aren’t a lot of friends or even acquaintances left to mourn. But…


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I think it is a good thing to be curious. It is a good thing to want to know things. How many of you would describe yourselves as “curious”? If you are curious, you want to know things, but it also means that you are not satisfied with what you know now. You are convinced that there is more to know, more to find out. I think it is a good thing to be curious.

Do you know anyone who is a “know-it-all”? They are sort of annoying. One of the reasons that they are annoying is that they may…


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Prologue

Jesus the hamster slowly came out of his hibernated state. But it was dark. It was also cold and damp, even though he was wrapped in a dish towel. With teeth and claws he began to dig at the cloth. His two front teeth would sink in and he would rip a little hole in it. Sometime’s a piece of cloth would rip off. Jesus was hungry, real hungry, so he would eat the little piece of cloth. He kept chewing and ripping, but then dirt started to filter into his little fabric cocoon. With his long little claws…


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One loan German man refuses to salute Adolf Hitler

Contrary to public opinion, evil is not dramatic and obvious, it is actually rather run of the mill. In his book People of the Lie, M. Scott Peck writes that people who are evil are very ordinary. “There is very little that is dramatic about them. More often than not they are solid citizens.” I would add that people that are evil are often highly placed. This is because they have tremendous confidence based on the fact that they have no conscience to get in their way or give them pause. …


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Jesus doesn’t seem to be in favor of organized religion. He is quick to point out the pitfalls of practicing your piety with and around other people. Instead, he suggests that we spend more time alone.

I am fascinated by something that Jesus says over and over again. “Your Father who is in secret.” What is he saying? He is saying that it is the nature of God to be hidden, to be “crypto”, in secret. Remember what Saint John said: “No one has ever seen God…”

This has implications. It means that the only way that you can know…

Clark Kilgard

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