Tag Archives: Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Joy of Grace

I’ve talked about the meaning of grace and the wonder it induces, now I would like to talk about the joy of grace. Jesus died so that we might live through him to the glory of Our Father in Heaven. This is how God loved the world: he gave his only son, so that everyone …

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Light of Joy

The Third candle of Advent is the candle of Joy. I would like to share some reflections on Joy. My intention is that my words will not only help you celebrate the Advent season, but live the season deeply and bring it into the New Year. We’ve looked at hope and peace seeing how they …

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My Christmas Wish List (2012)

When I was a kid, I would make intricate lists of all things I wanted for Christmas. My Christmas list was a work of art. Listing all the things I figured would make me happy. The toys, books, treasures, and objects that would make me complete. I would imagine ripping and tearing open the packages …

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Define Happiness

We want to be happy. Thousands or maybe it’s millions of books are published yearly on this subject. The entire self-help section in the bookstores could be relabeled ‘How to be Happy’ and it would it as accurate if not more. Daily I see Facebook posts about being or not being happy. Yet, this most …

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Lighting The Candle Of Joy

At my church, which is a PCUSA church lights a candle each week of Advent. The third candle is the candle of joy. I would like to share my reflections on joy. My intention is that my words will not only help you celebrate the Advent season better and deeper, but live the season in …

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My Christmas Wish List

I remember when I was a kid I would make intricate lists of all things I wanted for Christmas. All the things I think that would make me happy. I would imagine ripping and tearing open the packages, encountering the things on my list. How very happy I would be at getting all the things …

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The True Meaning Of Thanksgiving

The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving prompted by a good harvest. In later years, the tradition was continued by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford who planned a thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623. While initially, the Plymouth …

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Crazy For Christ

The Senior Pastor of my church gave a sermon on Psalm 24:1-10 titled ‘What If We Begin To See That Everything We Have is God’s?’ this past Sunday.   I would like to respond to it. First, I would like to express my appreciation for my senior pastor’s commitment, care, and compassion for our church …

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