Week in the Word: Practical Peacemaking

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hanks chapel easterThis is the message I preached on Sunday, March 10th,  at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC   I hope it blesses you!  If you find yourself in or near Pittsboro, please join us!   Hanks Chapel has Sunday school at 9 AM, with worship beginning at 10 AM, and is located at 190 Hanks Chapel Loop, Pittsboro, NC.  We also have Bible study most Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM at our fellowship hall.

Matthew 18:15-35

15 “If your brother or sistersins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse…

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Week in the Word: Our Border-Crossing God

I love the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close! The autism depiction in this film is accurate and heartfelt. I also love Henri Nouwen’s work, which influenced Fred Rogers.

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This is the message I preached on Sunday, January 6th,  at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC   I hope it blesses you!  If you find yourself in or near Pittsboro, please join us!   Hanks Chapel has Sunday school at 9 AM, with worship beginning at 10 AM, and is located at 190 Hanks Chapel Loop, Pittsboro, NC.  We also have Bible study most Wednesday nights at 6 PM at our fellowship hall.

 

Our Border-Crossing God

Call to Worship

native american nativityWhen the song of the angels is stilled,

when the star in the sky is gone,

when the kings and princes are home,

when the shepherds are back with their flocks,

the work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost,

to heal the broken,

to feed the hungry,

to release the prisoner,

to rebuild the nations,

to bring peace among the people,

to make music in the heart.

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The World Shall Embrace

My Joyous Feature

Our eyes can embrace the world. The world can be full of wonders. Finding some true feelings that shall tag along with so many things. Things that shall open up with some vivid moments. Moments in life shall endure through the brightest of all. It can be more like rising up into that perfect figure of life. Life cherish these moments in advance.

A genuine empowerment can take its precious moments against all odds. More like a soul who is articulating something about their spirits. Spirits can move up to the surface. Finding wisdom beneath it all. At every step that counts, there’s some pure sorrows. Sorrows that shall conquer the troubles that can carry it through.

Life beyond these cherishing moments can flow. Flowing into those moments that can take something more into that common life. Feels more like a flower rising up from the surface. That surface can…

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The importance of Asperger’s Syndrome as a unique clinical diagnostic category…

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Aspergers and Ignorance (2)

On page 1 of his fundamental summary of (Classic) “Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome”, S. Baron-Cohen (2008) lists as “Key Points” the two, overlappingly different subgroups of what has come to be known as the “Autistic Spectrum”.

“Classic autism and Asperger syndrome share two key features:
         -Social communication difficulties
         -Narrow interests and repetitive actions.
 But they differ in two key ways:
         -In Asperger syndrome, IQ is at least average and there was no language delay
         -In classic autism, IQ can be anywhere on the scale, and there was language delay.”

However, these key, common and differentiated features make only for a minimal area of understanding, assessing and living with either condition.

In my opinion, DSM-5 has managed with its promotion of an Autistic Spectrum “umbrella”, to both simplify, but also confusingly complicate the clear understanding of exactly those specifics which could make the lives of neurodivergents, less miserable. Luckily (I hope)…

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Something GLAMOROUS can shine out

My Joyous Feature

A glamorous moment, shall lead up into that brightest of all. Experiencing it in that bittersweet way. The word “GLAMOROUS” can signify so many amazing things. A life that can be satisfied with a glamorous twist can bring so many things into that perfect lifestyle. In the meantime a glamorous feature can occupy a day to day life.

Strength and confidence shall take a glamorous life into a different signification. Seeing it’s a difference in between. It can be like taking a meaningful feeling and turn it into something a lot more glamourous than ever. Tagging along with a perfect dramatic moment. Seeing it in a different way.

There’s no encouragement through a different lifestyle. Bringing that glamorous lifestyle along the way. Feeling like there’s that natural taste of beauty. Bringing more of that glamorous moments to the table. Nothing can compare that natural beauty and glamorous altogether.

The look…

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A Week in the Word: Welcoming God Home

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hanks chapel easterThis is the message I preached on Sunday, May 27, at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC, for our Homecoming Service.   I hope it blesses you!  If you find yourself in or near Pittsboro, please join us!   Hanks Chapel has Sunday school at 9 AM, with worship beginning at 10 AM, and is located at 190 Hanks Chapel Loop, Pittsboro, NC.

1 Corinthians 3:1-16

Brothers and sisters, I couldn’t talk to you like spiritual people but like unspiritual people, like babies in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink instead of solid food, because you weren’t up to it yet. 3 Now you are still not up to it because you are still unspiritual. When jealousy and fighting exist between you, aren’t you unspiritual and living by building-home-construction2human standards? 4 When someone says, “I belong to Paul,” and someone else says, “I belong to Apollos,” aren’t…

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Week in the Word: The Day Death Died

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This is the message I preached on Easter Sunday, April 1, at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC.   I hope it blesses you!  If you find yourself in or near Pittsboro, please join us!   Hanks Chapel has Sunday school at 9 AM, with worship beginning at 10 AM, and is located at 190 Hanks Chapel Loop, Pittsboro, NC.   

Isaiah 25:6-9

mountain6 On this mountain,
   the Lord of heavenly forces will prepare for all peoples
       a rich feast, a feast of choice wines,
       of select foods rich in flavor,
       of choice wines well refined.
7 He will swallow up on this mountain the veil that is veiling all peoples,
   the shroud enshrouding all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever.
The Lord God will wipe tears from every face;
   he will remove his people’s disgrace from off the whole earth,
       for the Lord has spoken.
9…

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You are a Friend of God

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This is the message I preached Maundy Thursday, March 29, at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC.  Weekly Hanks Chapel has Sunday school at 9 AM, with worship beginning at 10 AM, and is located at 190 Hanks Chapel Loop, Pittsboro, NC.   For folks hoping to join Easter Sunday, we have a different schedule that Sunday: an Easter Sunday service outside at 7 AM, with breakfast following; then Sunday school at 8:15, and our full Easter service at 9 AM.

Exodus 12:1-4, 10-14

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month will be the first month; it will be the first month of the year for you.[a]3 Tell the whole Israelite community: On the tenth day of this month they must take a lamb for each household, a lamb per house. 4 If a household is…

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Life for Kindness

My Joyous Feature

There’s a generous feeling of kindness. In that perfect level, it will bring that good personality. Love puts the cherishing kindness heart into that good taste of quality. Making it a bittersweet tone.

A selfless turn can establish it into a perfect twist. That twist shall put the acts of kindness into that perfect joy.

Kindness brings so many things to accomplish with. There’s so many things to learn all about kindness. Some will grow into it with an open mind. Taking that pure feeling of life in that sweet moment.

Something that can fetch a smile into a brighter moment. Taking in that light of joy shining into the goodness of life. Kindness will cherish that light of day.

Kindness has a complete gift. A gift with an open heart. Inside that perfect little gift, into the world. The world needs kindness.

Sharing that pure kindness to others will…

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