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Every Thanksgiving, we determine to be more thankful and more generous in the days ahead, but it’s challenging to do when life’s hardships assail us. So what’s the secret to maintaining a thankful heart beyond the holiday? […] Read More

While our minds and hearts traditionally turn toward gratitude in November, the overwhelming bad news on so many fronts leaves us paralyzed. It’s time to turn things around. […] Read More

I got off the plane in Tokyo looking for a quiet place. I had been in the air for seven hours, and I knew that the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians had played the seventh game of the World Series during my flight. I did not know if this was going to be good news […] Read More

The origin of a story about an eccentric boy who never grows up is the subject of the movie, “Finding Neverland.” Johnny Depp plays J.M. Barrie, a struggling writer who was inspired through a friendship with the Davies family to write a play called “Peter Pan.” As opening night approaches, the theater owner voices his […] Read More

Thanksgiving is a time to pause, take a deep breath, count our blessings and express our gratitude. We spend time with family, eat delicious food, kick off the Christmas holiday season, watch football and engage in any number of personal family traditions. Perhaps this year, more than in others in recent memory, I am more […] Read More

The knock on the door came too early. I could tell, without opening an eye, that it was barely daylight. The air was crisp and dusty – just as it should be in the northern Nigeria dry season. It was Saturday and my first opportunity, in six years, to sleep late. Last night had been […] Read More

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. November 24, 2013 Philippians 1:3-8 This morning our attention is drawn to the most personal letter Paul wrote. It was written to his friends at Philippi with whom Paul had a long and happy relationship. Perhaps there is no more appropriate book to turn […] Read More

When you think about the seasons of the church year, what comes to mind? Certainly Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter, and perhaps even Pentecost makes your list. But no one ever talks about a “Season of Thanksgiving.” In fact, Thanksgiving gets one day on the liturgical Christian calendar at best. I don’t feel very […] Read More

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. October 13, 2013 The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Luke 17:11-19 Nine years ago last Monday I was sitting in the back of a minivan with some other preachers headed to West Virginia for a sermon planning retreat.  It was Amy Butler’s idea.  In fact, […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 30 July 7, 2013 II Kings 5:1-14; Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Gratitude is a game-changer. Gratitude is a spiritual discipline that allows us the chance to keep all of life’s experiences and our relationship with […] Read More