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What Is Truth?

by: Chris Kaufman

02/02/2021

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Listen up, I have an important fact that everyone in the United States needs to acknowledge. This is so important in fact because it concerns our modern understanding of our presidents. There is a fun fact floating around the internet about our presidents that is AN ABSOLUTE LIE. It goes something like this;

Because we have a new president this year that means that we officially have one president who is on the exact middle of our president list. Benjamin Harr...


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Being Right...And Left

by: Scott Little

01/28/2021

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     Last week I came across an article online that caught my attention. It wasn’t so much the headline that caught my eye, which read “What’s next for evangelicals post-Trump?” Instead, it was the subheading under the title, which read “So, what are we to do, now that Trump is leaving office and we have a new president who goes against our values?” That question implies, of course, that President Trump’s...


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Worm Trails

by: Scott Little

01/13/2021

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     You’ve probably noticed that during heavy rains, earthworms come out of underground hiding and show up on sidewalks and driveways in mass numbers. I don’t know why they do this, though I’m sure there’s a logical explanation. 

     Once the rain stops and the sun comes out, most of the worms will have made their way back underground, although you can usually find a few brittle, shrunken strings scatter...


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Bah Humbug!

by: Chris Kaufman

12/23/2020

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Growing up my favorite Christmas movie was "The Muppets Christmas Carol". I loved the tale of the old groutch Ebenizer Scrouge learning to love his neighbors and community through ghost time travel adventures, sure, what kid wouldn't. But most of all, I loved the songs the Muppets Christmas Carol created. 

In fact, it wasn't just my favortie Christmas movie growing up either. My younger brother loved the movie just as much as I did, so much ...


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The Surprising Comfort of Incarnation

by: Scott Little

12/18/2020

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            The word “incarnation” is heard most often during the Christmas season, which makes sense, because it’s really what Christmas is all about. Incarnation literally means “to take on flesh”. In Christian theology, the incarnation means that in Jesus, God took on flesh and became a human being. John 1:14 says it like this: “The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made his dwe...


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Everyone Wants To Be Sherlock, No One Wants To Be Watson

by: Chris Kaufman

12/09/2020

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It's safe to say that for a number of years, the craze around the famed Sherlock Holmes character has gotten out of hand. Sherlock, originally conceived by English writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, has all but transcended pop culture. Not only has Sherlock been written about by countless authors, his character has appeared in over 250 film and television series. There's just no shortage of this guy whether it's on Britain's...


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Our COVID Response

by: Scott Little

12/04/2020

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Let me start with a disclaimer: I realize that the whole world has COVID fatigue. I don’t know of a single person who isn’t tired of dealing with the coronavirus and everything associated with it, including me. Of course, our fatigue includes being tired of talking about it, hearing about it, and reading about it, too. 

So I’m acutely aware that in writing this post I’m testing ...


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Only One Thing Needed

by: Scott Little

11/18/2020

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     Luke 10 tells the story of Jesus’s visit to Mary & Martha’s house. You know the story – Mary is sitting at Jesus’s feet while Martha is doing all the work to prepare food for Jesus and the disciples. Naturally, Martha gets upset with her sister and complains to Jesus, but the Lord responds to Martha by saying “Martha, you’re anxious and upset about a lot of things, but there’s really only one thing needed...


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Who Am I?

by: Scott Little

11/06/2020

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     The kindergarten Sunday School class was playing a game of “Who Am I?” The teacher was describing something, and the eager five year-olds were trying to guess what it was based on the teacher’s description.  “I am small, brown, and covered with fur. I have a bushy tail, I like to climb trees, and I love to eat nuts and acorns. Who am I?” Eager to please and impress her teacher, little Sa...


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Six Days

by: Chris Kaufman

10/28/2020

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6 days... 6 more days... 6 days until November 3rd... 

Take a deep breathe, hold it for a minute, now let it out. 

The world is not ending, even though it feels like it. We've been through a heck of a year and we are getting close to what feels like the season finale. But just breathe for a minute, and allow me to remind us of a few things that we as Christians should keep in mind come November 3rd. 

1. November 3rd isn't...


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A Kelli Psalm

by: Scott Little

10/21/2020

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     In one of my previous posts, I shared my attempt to write an acrostic psalm. Acrostic psalms are structured using the successive letters of the alphabet, so that the first letter of the first line (or couplet or other grouping of lines) starts with the first letter in the alphabet, the second line (or couplet or other grouping of lines) starts with the second letter, and so on, using each letter of the alphabet in order.&...


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Dwell

by: Chris Kaufman

10/14/2020

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Recently we found out that our dog, Chancellor, is part Rhodeisan Ridgeback Lion Hound. I had never heard of that dog breed before so when we found that out I did a quick Google search on the dog breed and after reading a couple of articles, a whole lot of stuff about him started to make sense.

Chance is a snuggler. That might actually be an understatement. Chance LOVES to cuddle. Like that's his biggest personality trait. Chance desperatly wants to...


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Hide & Seek

by: Scott Little

10/07/2020

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“Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” – Psalm 10:1

 Have you ever experienced the silence of God? Have you ever cried out to the throne of Heaven seeking help or counsel, wanting to know God’s will and direction, only to hear silence in return? It’s frustrating to seek God’s help, or His wisdom or direction, and get no response. 

I imagine that’s wh...


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Reflections

by: Chris Kaufman

09/30/2020

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Reflections

Have you read the story "Leaf By Niggle"? Unless you're a hardcore J. R. R. Tolkien nerd like me than it's probably unlikely you've heard of it. It's a short story written by the guy most famous for the classic Lord of the Rings series. If you haven't heard of it, I'd like to give you a brief synopsis, since I think it's unlikely that you will have time to rea...


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Me, A Psalmist?

by: Scott Little

09/23/2020

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Although it isn’t readily apparent in English translations, several of the psalms in the Bible are acrostic poems, which means that the psalm is structured using the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In other words, the first letter of the first line (or couplet or other grouping of lines) starts with the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet, the second line (or couplet or other grouping of lines) starts ...


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