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Barbara Barkley
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Communing with God
2 Sam. 11:26-12:13a John 6:24-35 When we look at the bigger context of today’s gospel reading
we see it as follows: Jesus has been healing the sick.   Then he performs the miracle of feeding the
5000.   Then Jesus walks across the water
towards the disciple...
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One issue with our school system
     I've had the great gift and privilege of leading a week of music camp for some of the kids Contra Costa Interfaith Housing serves.  As many of you know, I absolutely love working with kids.  I love teaching music.  I really enjoy playing games.  And I ...
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Doing what we can
Doing What we Can Mark 6:30-44 Sometimes things seem overwhelming.   Sometimes we become so used to relying on
other people that we don’t see the options until we are forced to be in a
leadership position.   We don’t know our
strength and our gifts until th...
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The Frailty of Life
     As I described in an earlier post, my family and I were almost in a full head-on collision with a truck, both vehicles moving around 55 miles an hour towards each other.  That would have been a death sentence.  I returned feeling that I had survived a ...
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Christmas in July: Christmas as News
Luke
2:1-40              We come again to our Christmas in
July celebration.   For those who have not
experienced Christmas in July before, we do this because Christmas in December
has frankly become extremely commercialized.   Christmas in July is a way of...
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More on learning to let go
            A long ago time ago in the hills of Quong Zu province, there
once lived a revered old monk who was a master of Zen Buddhism. One day he decided that he would make a pilgrimage to a
neighboring monastery, and not wishing to make the journey alone...
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Sunday's Sermon - Haunted
2 Sam. 6:1-5, 12b-19 Mark 6:14-29 Herod had beheaded John the Baptist.   He had reasons for doing it, and may at some
level have felt justified in his actions.   John had been critical of Herod for marrying his brother’s wife.   And so Herod had already put...
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A prophet in his own home
Mark 6:1-6                A woman who ran a
soda fountain was disturbed one day to notice a group of older boys making fun
of a younger boy.   “He’s so stupid!” she
could hear one of the older boys saying, “Watch this!”   The older boy proceeded to take out...
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AND the good side...
      I know you want to hear the positive from the trip, too.  So this post is really just going to be a travel log...       Sunday, June 17: Following church drove to Medford, Or.       Monday, June 18: drove to Kelso, WA.  On the way, had a lovely visit ...
AND the good side...
AND the good side...
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The bad news first
       We just returned from two weeks of vacation, during which we drove up to Canada, spent a week there and then drove back along the coast.  We saw a lot, met some wonderful people, had good family time, and returned exhausted but full of our adventures...
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