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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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Thought for the Day, June 23, 2020

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: ​This week we’re looking at the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5. Today: “​Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” What gives you comfort in grief? Sometimes there is grief in our heart that we can’t quite pinpoint...

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Thought for the Day, June 22, 2020

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: ​This week I’m going to take us through the beatitudes in Matthew, chapter 5. The beatitudes are phrases from the sermon on the mount that begin “Blessed are…” The first one, today, is “Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the...

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Sunday Morning Links

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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:    ● Our...

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Thought for the Day, June 17, 2020

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY:  Celebrating vs. tolerating. This Saturday is our Drive-thru pride event and parade. We’ll meet at church at 11am to celebrate the wonderful diversity in our world. This year’s PRIDE is special because we want to celebrate our commitment to diversity of all...

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