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“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.  And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.  When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,  you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be...

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Set your minds on........

  "And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.”  I Corinthians 15:19:   Paul wrote this in reference to the suggestion by some Christians that there was not a resurrection.  All that Paul and the apostles were doing, teaching, enduring and suffering for was centered around the preaching of the resurrection of Jesus;  to suggest otherwise alarmed Paul.   But is the focus on the resurrection how my life is ordered and prioritized?  Is this belief central to my teaching, preaching and blogging? Is the resurrection so important, and have I “done without”, and suffered so much because of it, and been denied so many of...

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Stressful times......

Try as I might to avoid stress, I find myself more and more in the middle of very stressful activities and dramas lately.   This pandemic is enough to stress anyone,  but yesterday our bigger dog got into a fight with the small dog  (a dachshund, named biscuit) and I had to rescue the smaller one before a trip to vet or the  pet cemetery. Pulling the big dog off the little one took all my energy and left me shaking in anger about the potential damage that could have happened. (Biscuit is fine and may have been over-dramatic during the entire episode, but how was I to know?)   In addition to the dog fight, one of my boys...

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Patience and kindness...

Love is patient and kind…(I  Corinthians 13)   Is my love patient and kind?  Paul did not say, “If you love someone you will be patient and kind”, but rather, “love is patient and kind.”  If you lack patience and kindness, it would appear, you lack love.   Being patient and kind is not something you do if you love someone, patience and kindness are things that you “are” —if God’s love is truly in your heart.  These two virtues are, of course, two fruits of the Holy Spirit, according to Paul.  Patience and kindness are more than something we can “get” by forming  the habit in our lives  or by finding some way of establishing by our own efforts. ...

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What Makes an Amazing Summer Camp?

Hi there from the Vineyard Camp! How’s your day going so far? Only a few weeks left before we officially open our camp, and we can’t wait to welcome your kid. If you haven’t enrolled them yet, we encourage you to do it now. Slots are selling fast, and we’re limiting the number of children who can join us this year. If you’re undecided yet, it could be because you aren’t sure whether a summer camp is the best choice for your children these days. Perhaps you and the kid had the most unpleasant experience the last time. Or you hadn’t tried it once, or you heard horror stories from others. To help you decide well, let me share with you...

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