1. Red Carpet

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    April 27, 2015 by Pastor Ben McIntire

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    We live in a celebrity culture these days. Famous people get special treatment, undue attention in the media, and the value of some people’s contributions to society are vastly overrated. I’m thinking here of one recent Red Carpet award ceremony, the Golden Globes…

  2. Hosanna!

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    March 31, 2015 by Pastor Ben McIntire

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    Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna! It’s Holy Week. There was a contest once, …
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  3. The Truth About an Unusual God

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    March 1, 2015 by Pastor Ben McIntire


    It is March, a month named after the Roman god of war: Mars. In the Greco-Roman pantheon, Mars (or Aries in Greek) was the fiercest warrior that a nation could call on for divine assistance when going into battle.


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    December 25, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire

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    Tonight, a 93 year-old woman sits alone in her chair in a nursing home remembering the Christmas Eves of her …
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  5. Christmas Lights

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    December 23, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire

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    I love Christmas. I love the music, the cookies, the decorations. I even love the cold and the snow; and …
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  6. The Queen of Coincidence

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    December 9, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire

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    A man stumbles up to the only other patron in a tavern and asks if he could buy him a …
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  7. Fear Not


    December 3, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire


    Fear Not. Yeah, right. In a day and age of nuclear missiles, Ebola virus, war in Africa, Asia, and the …
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