A Senseless Death?

Pastoral Reflections Recently, I cried at the death of a man whom I had never met. He was the father of three young daughters who, in essence, died as a result of excessive amounts of alcohol and drugs. Adopted at age 12 he strived to fit in with his new Christian, middle-class family. He used

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TLC News Updates

TLC publishes a News Update each Wednesday.  Click “Read More” and then the linked date. May 15, 2019 May 8, 2019 May 1, 2019 April 24, 2019 April 17, 2019 April 10, 2019 April 3, 2019 March 27, 2019 March 20, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 6, 2019

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Not Without Hope

Pastoral Reflections The shooting at a Highlands Ranch school brought pain to our hearts this week. It was a reminder that evil and pain are real. For some of us, it was another layer on past school shootings from which many were still healing. The evil displayed is on two levels. First, it brought harm,

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Peace, Not Truce

Pastoral Reflections Making truce is a familiar concept. Truce is like a cease-fire – an agreement between two parties in conflict to stop fighting each other. Its interest is in the fighting, not necessarily the wellbeing of the overall relationship. One of the gifts of the resurrected Christ to His disciples was peace. Shalom in

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In Between

Pastoral Reflections The call and response, “He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!” echoes in our ears from Easter Sunday. From now until Pentecost, we are in a season of celebration of our Risen Lord. Not much is said in the Gospels about the events following the resurrection. The writers focus on the fact that

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Pathways to Easter

Pastoral Reflections Midway into Holy Week, I think to myself, “Following the Church Seasons has a way of teaching us patience.” It trains us to slow down and get in step with the movements of the Gospel story. Just as the pathways of Advent led up to Christmas, so the pathways of Holy Week must

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Silversmith

Read: Malachi 3:2-3(NKJV) There was a group of women in a Bible Study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. “This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character

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The Power of His Humanity

Pastoral Reflections We may have forgotten most of it now, but it used to be a heated debate in the second century. How human was Jesus? Just how human was His humanity? This has long been answered, but sometimes, the question may still creep into our minds, especially when we long for a savior who

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Turning to Holy Week

Pastoral Reflections I have sometimes wondered what a classic “prosperity preacher” would do with a liturgy like the Holy Week. For four weeks we have walked the wilderness of Lent as our eyes turned, with our Savior’s, toward Jerusalem. We have one more week to go, then Holy Week. Holy Week brings the Lenten journey

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Lenten Meditations: What About Lent and Fasting?

Pastoral Reflections Observing a fast during Lent has been a longstanding tradition. One of the earliest references we have from historians on the subject is a letter by Irenaeus, an early church father who lived mostly in the 2nd century (about c. 130 – 202). There, he alluded to the practice of a pre-Easter fast

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