Sing a Song of Peace

“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked” (Isaiah 48:22). How well did Jacob Marley, the business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge, know this! In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the spectral Marley groans under the weight of the chain he forged in life, links heavy with the cash-boxes,...

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Sing a Song of Joy

  Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) – but how many of us really believe that? Certainly not Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser of “A Christmas Carol.” Charles Dickens, his creator, described him as “hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had...

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Sing a Song of Love

  In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the first spirit foretold by Jacob Marley is The Ghost of Christmas Past. “It was a strange figure,” Dickens writes — a white-haired apparition with the face of a child and jet of light beaming from its head. The Spirit of Christmas Past...

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Sing a Song of Hope

Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge  —  the “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” of Charles Dickens’ immortal novel, A Christmas Carol. The very mention of the name “Scrooge” conjures up the image of a stingy, spiteful old man, and his most famous catchword, “Bah, humbug,” has become a staple...

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Yet

Last year at about this time, I got a letter from my doctor. He wrote that my PSA was high, which is a blood test to detect prostate cancer. He advised me to find a urologist and get a biopsy. I stared at the letter, dumbfounded, for several seconds before...

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How To Comfort Someone

  I sat uncomfortably in the nicely-furnished room of the doctor’s office, trying to make small talk with my wife. Finally, the urologist walked in, exchanged brief pleasantries and sat down. I was trying to read his face, but it was as deadpan as a professional poker player’s. “I don’t...

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The Tongue: Weapon of Mass Destruction

  Take a deep breath – it’s almost over. The last presidential debate has been aired and ballots will be cast in a few short weeks. Then we can go back to “business-as-usual.” Or will we? It’s no secret that this has been one of the most contentious campaigns in modern...

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The God of All Seasons

  Summer dog days have slipped away and the cool air of autumn has arrived like a friendly visitor. Did you know that the Bible has much to say about the seasons? The following verses remind us that the seasons can teach us much about God and ourselves. Daniel 2:21 “He...

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I Love Him So

  The sign was emblazoned with red letters: “Jesus Christ Superstar? NO! Lord and Savior!” My youngest son and I had to make our way past the protestors if we were going to watch the classic 70s rock opera penned by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. A balding man...

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Work Ain’t Supposed to be Easy

  A pastor friend was chatting with me a few months ago about his daughter. One day over the phone, she was moaning about her job. When she finished, my friend asked, “Who said work was supposed to be fun?” Some people view work as a chore, others tackle it with delight,...

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