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Thought of the Day, July 14, 2020

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Thought of the Day: Christmas in July! Why not? I just put the finishing touches on an Advent and Christmas book for families that’s releasing this year, so I’ve had Christmas on the brain. It’s been interesting to thinkabout Christmas and Advent while sweating and in the heat...

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Thought of the Day, July 13, 2020

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Thought of the Day: Worry, the thief of joy. Yesterday one of my favorite writers and authors, Nadia Bolz Weber, posted on her Twitter account,  “What’s stealing your joy these days?” I answered “uncertainty.”Uncertainty and worry are, for sure, my joy killers...

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Thought of the Day, July 10, 2020

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Thought of the Day: Last Sunday we heard the parable of the lost sheep. It reminded me of something I read in Rob Bell’s book Love Wins. Take a look:“Once again, God has a purpose. A desire. A goal. And God never stops pursuing it. Jesus tells a series of parables in Luke 15...

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Thought of the Day, July 9, 2020

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Thought of the Day: Faith Journeys. I remember a pastor once saying “If you’re on a road trip and you keep seeing the same thing out your window, you’re not really going anywhere, are you?” Faith is like that. It’s a journey. Sometimes it might feel like we’re...

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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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