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Thought of the Day, July 7, 2020

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Thought of the Day: Reflect, today, on this simple (and incredibly profound) prayer from St. Teresa ofAvila: Let nothing disturb you,Let nothing frighten you,All things are passing away:God never changes.Patience obtains all thingsWhoever has God lacks nothing;God alone suffices. PS - The link...

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Thought of the Day, July 6, 2020

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Thought of the Day: Helping others. During our communion time on Sunday, I mentioned the motivation of helping others as a reason to do some of the things we do, be it hand washing, mask wearing, praying, etc. Mostpeople are highly motivated to do things to help others. HERE is the study I was...

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Thought of the Day, July 5, 2020

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Sunday Morning Links:Dear Elmhurst Presbyterian Church Members and Friends -Good Morning, Friends -This is the day that the LORD has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!Here are the Sunday morning links for you for today, July 5, 2020.● Our service link is HERE.● The scripture...

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Thought of the Day, July 4, 2020

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Thought of the Day: Independence Day. -- Friends, take a moment to say a prayer this Independence Day. What liberties do you enjoy? How will you use them? Let us also pray for veterans and service members and ask God to show us how to serve them faithfully, as well. I hope you will want to...

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Thought of the Day, July 2, 2020

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Thought of the Day: ​Divine presence. This week a friend posted on Facebook, asking for examples of when we’ve felt God’s presence. I told this story, and I thought you might want to hear it too. When I was in college, there was a time I was facing a lot of anxiety and stress...

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Thought of the Day, July 1, 2020

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Thought of the Day: Prayer Journal. ​I’ve been reading a lot of memoirs in recent months. Right now I’m reading the memoir of pop singer Jessica Simpson. She was popular when I was in high school and college and I thought it would be a trip down memory lane to read her story...

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Thought for the Day, June 30, 2020

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Thought of the Day: The fruit of the Spirit. ​The scriptures tell us that the fruit of the Spirit is how we can recognize God at work. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Where will you find the Spirit...

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Thought for the Day, June 29, 2020

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Thought of the Day: ​Empathy. Whether it was the woman at the well, or Zaccheus up in a tree, or the one who touched his robes, Jesus showed empathy to others. He had an ability to see things from others’ perspective. This is a trait and a skill that we can nurture and develop. I...

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Thought of the Day, June 25, 2020

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: ​“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Sometimes it feels like we’re in a spiritual desert. We seek God, but we don’t find God. I wonder about this promise in the beatitudes that when we thirst and...

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Thought for the Day, June 24, 2020

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: ​This week we’re looking at the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5. Today: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Meekness is a word we don’t use very often.  If you were asked to describe it, what would you say? Weak? Mild?...

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