Posts by Dr. John Milller

Pieces of the Puzzle falling into Place

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At Jean-Paul’s installation service on March 18, Elder Doug DeStaebler, who co-chaired the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee, said something that caught me off guard.  While I, and others, saw the calling of JP as completing the puzzle, with us being fully staffed again, Doug...

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Sandcastles

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Jesus and I don’t always see eye to eye, especially when it comes to building in the sand.  I grew up singing the Sunday School song about the wise man and the foolish man: “The wise man built his house upon the Rock, (repeat 3X) And the rains came tumbling down. The rains came...

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How Shall You Live This Season?

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The month of May has within it three significant liturgical feasts or celebrations – The Ascension of the Lord (May 10), The Day of Pentecost (May 20), and Trinity Sunday (May 27).  While we often think of Easter as being a single day, liturgically, it is actually an entire season...

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Love & Foolishness Amid the Ashes

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As a recent USA Today article suggested, Christian couples might celebrate their love this month with smudges of ash on their foreheads and a prank or two could infiltrate Easter egg hunts.  This year, Ash Wednesday falls on February 14, Valentine's Day. And Easter is on April 1, also known...

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New Beginnings

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I have always been a slow reader.  I struggled in school because of this.  I am still a slower reader.  As I reflect back on the four years that Dan and I have now served as your co-pastors, I feel as if God has invited us to be speed reading!  So much has happened in such a...

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The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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For Presbyterians and other Protestants who trace their faith heritage back to the Protestant Reformation, October is an important month.  It is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, which is often said to have begun on October 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, Saxony, when Martin Luther sent...

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Rest, Rest, Rest

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“5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, God saved me. 7Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” Psalm 116: 5-7   I was fascinated when I moved back to the...

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Scarcity or Abundance?

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Last year we welcomed a cute little two-pound kitten into our home.  Iggi has turned into a 13-pound cat with quite the personality.  One of his peculiar behaviors has to do with his food.  He is on free feed so the dry food is always available to him.  While his bowl will...

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Trust in the Lord . . .

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge God, and the Lord will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your...

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Recapturing the Old within the New

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It was that great theologian, Yogi Berra, who said, “It's like déjà vu all over again.”  Others have said “What goes around comes around.”  As you know, our chapel renovations are in full swing.  By the time you read this, we will hopefully be...

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