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Why We Might Cancel, BUT We Will Never Close

If you didn't yet already know it, I can be a little cynical about Oklahoma winter weather. My cynicism came from a place. A location. A spot. It came from being raised in Mason City, Iowa. Mason City is in Northern Iowa just 30 minutes south of the Minnesota boarder. Snowstorms in Iowa were great days especially if there was ice. I had a 1982 Chevrolet Chevette that wen...

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Far as the Curse is Found

Ezekiel 34.17-31, Isaiah 9.1-7; Philippians 4.4-9* Some of the best words in all Christmas music are ones we rarely get to sing. Most hymns have four verses, and Joy to the World is no exception. Usually we sing the first and fourth verses, and if we're feeling generous enough to sing three verses we'll throw in the second one. But not very often do we get to the third ve...

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We Didn't Want to Start a Church

Two years ago, several of us started thinking and praying about a new church in Midtown, Oklahoma City. On a couple of occasions, we received emails of concern after talking about this new church. These concerns got us thinking. They were constructive. They came from a place of love. They were sociological, theological, denominational, and even practical concerns. There w...

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Not Symptom Management

Isaiah 62, Luke 1.5-25, Matthew 3.1-12* By Rev. Michaele LaVigne Last Thursday, I was in a car accident. I was waiting to turn left into the parking lot near Cuppies and Joe on 23rd St, when a nice bearded guy slammed into me with his Volkswagen. Neither of us had passengers with us, and no one was seriously injured. But, by the time my car was being towed and the police...

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The Advent Song

Psalm 97, Isaiah 43.1-13, Luke 1.67-80* Fear is a big thing with God; have you noticed? Gongs of calamity ring out all over the place in scripture and today destruction, hopelessness, exile, oppression and injustice are seemingly everywhere. But a consistent, gentle refrain weaves its way through the clashing gongs and clanging cymbals: Fear not. Fear not. Fear not. ...

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