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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

It's important that we take the time to remember those that have given their lives to protect our freedom.

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During the second and third centuries A.D., the church would meet in the catacombs and bury the dead in a ritual of remembrance. The ancient term to describe these ancient resting places is coemeterium, from the Greek, which translates to “dormitory.” This designation stresses the fact that the graves were merely a temporary holding place until Christ’s return and the final resurrection. In the Gospel of John Jesus says the following words:

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Pay What You Want

Pay What You Want

So often, we simply give what’s expected instead of giving what we actually value.

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I was at my favorite coffee shop last week, when I noticed something a little out of the ordinary. It was an old cigar box next to the cash register. And inside, I saw a lot of different things – a few keys, some coins from a couple different countries and even an old harmonica. As I reached for my wallet the cashier stopped me. He said that the shop had adopted a new payment structure. I could pay whatever I wanted for my drink.

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Letter from Dr. Joseph Tkach - May 2015

Date: 
May 1, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Spring is upon us, and it’s my favorite time of year for one simple reason – it’s baseball season! But there are a few teams you won’t see playing in the Major Leagues, teams that changed the history of baseball forever. Maybe you’ve seen “A League of Their Own,” or maybe you remember the era when the All-American Girls Baseball League took to the field and made history.

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Mother's Day

Mother's Day

A mother’s love is truly one of the strongest forces in the world.

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A mother’s love is truly one of the strongest forces in the world. I was recently reminded of this when I heard an amazing story about a mother named Debby, whose son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The doctors told her that he would never walk, and discouraged his mother from even letting him crawl.

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Equally Yoked

Equally Yoked

Christ offers us a partnership, designed to spiritually strengthen us into mature believers.

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Sometimes just making it through the day can be a real challenge. There are a million and one distractions ready to derail us from accomplishing our goals. By the time we fight our way through traffic and make it home – we’re already exhausted. However, life with Christ doesn’t have to be so difficult. Listen to what Jesus said: "Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt 11:28-29).

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To The Glory Of God

To The Glory Of God

There's no task too small to bring glory to God.

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Several years ago, the monks of Saint Sixtus Abbey in Belgium received a special honor: their Trappist ale was declared the Best Beer in the World. As word got out, the beer – and thus, the monastery that brewed it – exploded in popularity. Thousands of people drove hours to get there, while thousands more flooded the brewery’s phone line with orders; as many as 85,000 calls per hour! The demand for product became so great that it was almost impossible to get a case of the ale.

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Sometimes the Good News of the Gospel can get lost in all the jargon we use.

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Have you ever seen one of these?

This is an original Edison Phonograph. It’s a record player, but instead of playing discs it plays cylinders. You just wind it up and sit back and enjoy the music!

Well, that doesn’t sound so great.

You know when Edison was first trying to sell these things, he got a bunch of journalists together and recorded their voices. But when he played it back, one reporter wrote that he couldn’t recognize what he heard. It sounded like someone else talking in the distance. Something had been lost in translation.

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Christ Pantocrator

Christ Pantocrator

One of the world's most famous Christian icons wonderfully portrays the Hypostatic Union and the Holy Blessed Trinity through its imagery.

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A few years ago, the Getty Museum held an exhibit highlighting ancient Christian artwork. And one of the paintings on display really caught my eye.

Created sometime during the 6th century AD, this painting is called “Christ Pantocrator,” which translates to Christ “Ruler or Sustainer of All.” What I really like about it is how loaded the imagery is with profound theological concepts.

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Letter from Dr. Joseph Tkach - April 2015

Date: 
April 1, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The other day, as I pulled into my garage, I noticed how much stuff I had in there – I almost couldn’t get the car door open! As the years go by, our possessions sure start to pile up. If you’re anything like me, you have whole sets of unused sports equipment, musical instruments your children stopped playing years ago, or an attic full of antiques you haven’t dusted off in a very long time. Although many of our possessions are meaningful and useful, after a while all this stuff can start to weigh us down.

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Easter with Eliot

Easter with Eliot

We find meaning through Christ's atonement. It's the moment that changed everything.

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I recently re-read TS Eliot’s CHORUSES FROM THE ROCK. Originally part of a pageant play, it speaks about a longing for the renewal of Christian faith during hectic and fast-paced modern times. But as I read through it again, a few of the verses jumped out at me.

“Then came, at a predetermined moment, a moment in time and of time,

A moment not out of time, but in time, in what we call history: transecting, bisecting the world of time, a moment in time but not like a moment of time,

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