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Losing Everything…Finding Even More (8/18/2016)

The devastation is almost beyond comprehension. People living in Louisiana know it and they feel it. I’m not sure everyone living in places where they call parishes “counties” understands. It doesn’t seem to have broken through completely to the national consciousness yet. The one statistic I heard that perhaps makes the point better than any other comes from Livingston [...]
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Is It Raining at Your House? (8/12/206)

 As I write this, the rain is still falling here in Baton Rouge. I pray that all who read this have not suffered difficulty from the flooding that is taking place around our area. Rain can be an inconvenience and even a severe hardship when enough of it falls. But it is also a blessing. The [...]
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It Is Well with My Soul (7/29/16)

 This past Sunday, we closed our worship with the well-known hymn “It Is Well with My Soul.” This hymn was written in 1874 by a lawyer from Chicago named Horatio Spafford who had endured much tragedy in his life. In 1871, his four year old son died of scarlet fever. Two years later, his four daughters [...]
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A Time for Testing (4/29/16)

The school year is quickly coming to a close. Summer break is just a few weeks away. Parents with school-age children know what this means: it’s time for testing. Everyone’s favorite spring ritual, standardized testing, is well under way. Most students (and parents and teachers) don’t really enjoy this testing. But it does serve a [...]
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Holy-Week

Always Remember (3/23/16)

When the Lord gave instructions to the Israelites concerning the first Passover meal they were to eat in Egypt, he included a command to commemorate this event by eating that same meal on that same day every year for generations to come. The Lord wanted the people to remember always that they had been slaves in Egypt and were now [...]
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The Incredible Egg (3/16/16)

This Saturday, children will have an opportunity to come to Cross of Glory and take part in a time-honored Easter tradition–hunting for Easter eggs. Have you ever wondered about the connection between Easter and eggs? What do plastic eggs filled with candy have to do with Jesus’ resurrection from the dead? There was actually a [...]
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It’s Time for Purple (2/12/16)

This Sunday, we enter into the Lenten season of the Church Year. As the season turns to Lent, the color of our sanctuary turns to purple. In the ancient world, purple was the color of royalty. It was worn by kings and noblemen. It was a sign of wealth and prestige. In Lent, we celebrate [...]
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God’s Speedy Succour (1/14/2016)

“He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.” (Psalm 72:12) This Sunday we will open our service with the beautiful Epiphany hymn “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed.” The second verse of this hymn always brings a smile to my face. As I sing the phrase “He comes with [...]
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Why Water? (12/9/2016)

Why water? When the Lord instituted the sacrament of Holy Baptism, he could have chosen any earthly element to connect with the Word and work such wonders. He chose to use the most common element known to man. I certainly cannot claim to know the mind of God. I don’t even know why I do things [...]
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One More Year (12/31/2015)

Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree [...]
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Making the Most of Your Christmas Break (12/17/2015)

Tomorrow is a day the local school children have been looking forward to for a long time. It’s the last day of school before Christmas break. After they head out the door at the end of the day tomorrow, they won’t be stepping foot in school again for 18 whole days. And as much as children are excited by [...]
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Your Word Is Truth (10/30/2015)

Tomorrow is the big day…Reformation Day. It was on this day 498 years ago that Martin Luther stepped up to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg and delivered the hammer blows that would change the course of church history and ultimately represent a triumph for the gospel. On that church door, Luther nailed a set [...]
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It Only Takes a Spark (10/8/2015)

On this day in 1871, a tiny spark in the Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary ignited a roaring fire. Before the fire had burned out, it had killed between 200 and 300 people, destroyed 17,450 buildings, left 100,000 homeless and caused an estimated $200 million worth of damages (in 1871 dollars; $3 billion+ [...]
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Just Another Day (9/11/2015)

Until 2001, September 11th was just another day on the calendar. Maybe it was the day for a doctor’s appointment or a soccer practice. But it came and went and no one paid attention. Now when I type the date “September 11th” like I did at the top of this email, I can’t help but [...]
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How’s Your Charge? (8/28/2015)

A smart phone or an iPad can be a marvelous tool. But it is completely worthless once the battery runs out of juice. This is why outlets and power cords have become such an important part of our society. If the little battery indicator starts to show low power and you don’t have your charging cable or [...]
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Music for the Soul (7/17/2015)

  It has been a few weeks since our last weekly update. Most of you are aware of the reason for this. I have been back and forth from Florida two times since I last sent out one of these emails. The first time my family spent a week with my mom and dad as [...]
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A Christian: Inside Out (6/19/2015)

    Last weekend, movie-goers spent a record amount of money at the box-office to see a movie about dinosaurs. This weekend, a very different kind of movie opens at the theaters. It’s an animated movie from Disney-Pixar called “Inside Out.” If you have missed the  marketing for this movie, it tells the story of an eleven year [...]
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God’s Secrets (6/11/2015)

  This weekend, millions of people will head to the movie theater to watch a movie about dinosaurs running amok on an island off of Costa Rica. Later this year, Disney / PIXAR will be releasing a movie that asks the question: “What would have happened if dinosaurs did not go extinct?” Both of these [...]
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Be Careful, Lest You Fall (5/29/2015)

  May 29th, 1453 is a red-letter date in this world’s history. On this day, the city of Constantinople fell to the invading Turks. This event marked the end of the Byzantine Empire and the Middle Ages. Constantinople was the world’s greatest city. It was renowned for its great wealth, its beautiful buildings and its impenetrable [...]
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Fully Devoted (5/22/2015)

On Monday, our nation will celebrate the holiday of Memorial Day. This is the day our country sets aside to honor all of her fallen heroes who have died while serving in her armed forces. These are men and women whose love of country and sense of duty led them to give all, even their lives, in what [...]
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God’s Witness Protection Program (5/14/2015)

Today is Ascension Day. It was on this day that our Lord ascended to heaven and took up his rightful place, seated at the right hand of God the Father. Before he ascended to heaven, he told his disciples, “You will be my witnesses.” Jesus would no longer be walking on this earth and preaching and [...]
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Happy St. George’s Day! (4/23/2015)

  Today is St. George’s Day. How much do you know about this early Christian martyr? In Baton Rouge, he is probably most well-known as the namesake for a local church and school as well as a Village (and the intended name for a new city you have probably heard about…). But what about the [...]
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Paradise Regained (3/27/2015)

On this day in 1667, John Milton published his epic poemParadise Lost. You might want to take a few minutes out of your busy day to read a few lines of this masterpiece (you can find all twelve books at this link). It may seem a bit tedious at times. After all, Milton uses over 10,000 [...]
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Forgetfulness as a Virtue (3/19/2015)

Those of you who know me well know that I can be a forgetful person. In my house, I am famous for having to search for my keys or for going to do something in another room and then forgetting what it was on the way there. Forgetfulness can be a very frustrating thing. But [...]
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What Do Your Angels Think? (3/6/2015)

For most Christians, it is a very comforting thing to know that God has assigned angels to watching over his children day and night. It is nice to think that as I walk out the door each morning and come home each evening, there are angels there to guard and protect me. Who knows what [...]
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