The Great Escape

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On June 11, 1962, three prisoners, Frank Morris, Clarence Anglin and John Anglin, placed Paper Mache heads in their beds, bunched  up clothes and blankets to appear to be their bodies, and escaped from the federal prison on Alcatraz Island just off the coast of San Francisco, California. They escaped through an abandoned corridor and…

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This Child Carries Your Greatest Expectations

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Dear friends, family and especially our guests–one and all dearly loved by God: In your earthly relationships what is one of the first difficult lessons you have had to learn?  In my experience and opinion it is that our spouses, parents, children, dear friends, or co-workers cannot and often do not do all that we…

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What Christ’s Mass is All About

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There is a famous urban legend which tells the story of a department store in Kyoto, Japan. According to the legend, a number of years ago, the store placed a rather unique display in its main window for Christmas. In the middle of the Christmas presents and decorations was a life-sized Santa Claus hanging from…

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A Christmas without Death

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Every year our church has a Children’s Christmas Program on Christmas Eve. Have you ever been to a Children’s Christmas Program? They’re cute, right? This year we’re doing one called “A Barnyard Christmas.” All the children are the different animals in the stable, telling the Christmas story. The donkey tells how he carried Mary from…

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A Christmas Without: Family

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In 1943, Bing Crosby raced to the top of charts with the holiday classic, “I’ll be home for Christmas.” The song is sung from the point of view of a soldier stationed overseas during World War II. In the song, he tells his family he will be coming home for Christmas. He asks them to…

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Moral Indignation

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Harvey Weinstein. I’m guessing you’ve probably heard of him. He’s the Hollywood producer who last month was accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault and even rape. Over 50 women have come forward making accusations against him. Since then, dozens of other actors have been accused, including Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman. All of this is…

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The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat

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As a kid, I grew up watching ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Do you remember ABC’s Wide World of Sports? Every episode would begin with Jim McKay’s voice saying: “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat.” As McKay’s voice echoed, “The thrill…

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Follow the Leaders who Follow the Lord


Slaughterhouses sometimes find it difficult to direct sheep marked for slaughter up the ramp to the place where they will be killed. And it’s not that the sheep know what’s going to happen to them. It’s just that sheep tend to mill around in confusion until they find someone to follow and show them where…

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About a mile down the road from where I grew up in Michigan there is a grocery store. It’s called D&W – kind of like HEB here in Texas. I worked at D&W for almost seven years. While I worked there, I did just about every job: bagging, cashier, produce, stocking shelves. At one point…

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Semper Paratus

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Raise your hand if you are a veteran. We have a few here today. Well, this last week, I got curious and I looked up the mottos for the various branches of the US Armed Forces. I thought we would start today with a little quiz. We’ll start with an easy one. What is the…

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