Posts Tagged with "hope"

Season’s Healings

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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As she stood in that familiar station in the kitchen, stirring the filling for the Thanksgiving pies, she could feel the tears welling up, then meandering down her cheek and then finally dropping into the pie mix. She vainly smiled thinking, “Well, there’s some of the salt I needed to add anyway.” The stirring of […]

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Heart Portrait

Saturday, October 29, 2011

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As you may know, my family’s cardiac history is not great. So my alarmed primary care doctor sent me to a cardiologist. After the consultation, even the cardiologist was concerned – wanting to make sure I am not a “time bomb”. So they decided to do an immediate echocardiogram – taking pictures of my heart. […]

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Something’s Missing

Thursday, August 4, 2011

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I thought about it when I caught the final hour or so of the film, The Shawshank Redemption last week. Red is in prison and meets Andy, who functions as a Christ figure. Red’s encounter with Andy is life-changing, life-saving really. Andy, who was wrongly convicted, escapes prison and tells Red that if and when […]

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The End of Hiding

Friday, March 18, 2011

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Remember playing hide and seek when we were kids?   I used to get a lot of games in with my children Madelyn and Brian.  As I softly crept through the hallway, the tension mounted for both the seeker and the hidden.  The questions abound – “Where are they this time? (The same places they […]

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Refuge

Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Psalm 46:1-3 Refuge “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” Psalm 46:1-3 Looking at the photos and […]

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Proof

Saturday, January 15, 2011

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So one Sunday just before worship started, this church member named Barb came up to me and stopped me. And she joyfully said, “Christopher! I was reading my Bible last night. While I was reading, I came across this verse and I thought of you…You’re our letter!!” I thanked her and then looked at the […]

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The Biggest Sinners

Thursday, December 16, 2010

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So I know that I am late in grasping the phenomenon of the television show The Biggest Loser (the finale was last night). But having watched just a few episodes, I wanted to share some interesting spiritual connections. As you may know it is a reality show where people who are dangerously overweight, with professional […]

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Christmas Letter of Hope – 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

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Advent 2010 Dear Members and Friends of First Reformed Church of Saddle Brook: It started with a dream. Just when Joseph had resolved to give up his betrothed Mary, an angel appeared to him in a dream – calming his fears, encouraging him to marry Mary, and that the child she was bearing was the […]

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Whispers

Sunday, December 12, 2010

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Once upon a time, I sat next to a girl in a class in which the desks were two-person desks. Often the teacher would go around the room and randomly ask quiz-type questions of students. And often when the girl I sat next to would hesitate or seem to be stuck, I would lean closer […]

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For You – From God

Friday, December 3, 2010

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It loves you and accepts you – knowing (or not knowing) what you have done or where you have been – it loves and accepts you just as you are. There is nothing you can do or have done or will do to make it turn away from you. It has no limits. There is […]

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