But What Do They Mean?

We have looked at: The Sower, the Growing Seed, the Mustard Seed, the Talents, the Lost Trilogy: The Sheep, the Coin, and the Son (the prodigal son), and The Good Samaritan. While these stories use different settings, and have different meanings, there is one idea that pervades them all - the straightforward lesson in the parable may not actually be Jesus' message.

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The Singing Place

We are imprisoned by petty gripes, by feuds that no one remembers the origin, by possessiveness, by fear. Let us take the lesson of Paul and Silas to heart and live with grace, without fear. And in the dark of the night, when fears press in, sing a song.

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The Call to Love - No Exceptions

Are Christians known as people who will live together, in unity with one another even if we disagree on personal matters or points of view, or are Christians known for schism, dividing the "worthy" from the "unworthy", facing off between political values?

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The Peace of Pasture

Too often the image of the Good Shepherd from Psalm 23 appears "cuddly" or even ephemeral in our imaginings, a benevolent being bestowing bounteous bequests in the peace of the pasture, preserved from peril 

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When God Breaks In

Think of a time when you have been trying to take a relaxing break but kept being interrupted. How did you feel? Were you able to enjoy your rest, did you resent the intrusion, or did you have a chance to witness God in the unexpected?

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What Comes Next

What comes next after spring finally wins through, releasing winter's grip on the land? More work, but very rewarding work it is to see or taste the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labor.

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Spotlight on Mission: Schoharie Christian After-School Program testimonial from Linda M

You listen to their problems when they are having a bad day at school or at home, or when nobody would play with them on the playground.  You comfort them when they fall while playing and scrape their knees or when they just don’t feel good, and encourage them when they think there is something they can’t do, or when they think nobody likes them.

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The Intentional Way

By stepping outside our comfort zone, either by fasting from a habit or by adding a devotional or another new habit, we use these forty days to follow the example of Jesus in the wilderness. 

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