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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:00 PM
How difficult can governing be? We’re all scratching our heads over a request for a fencing variance around a yard with a new pool that stumped aldermen and other city officials Tuesday evening as they struggled to find a clear path to proceed.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Psalm 8
    This week we look at Psalm 8. Verse one speaks of the majesty of the Lord; “how majestic is your name in all the earth.” To be majestic is to be a king, to rule. No one is as majestic as the Lord. His glory is “above the heavens.” Jesus, in Matthew 21, says these words refer to him. Children were shouting his praises, saying “hosanna” or deliver us. The religious leaders objected.
  • Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.”
  • President Trump knows how to make a point by showing up late for a meeting. He arrived 30 minutes late Thursday at a session of the NATO summit, missed scheduled meetings with two world leaders, and talked to reporters for an unscheduled 35 minutes and then flew off to London for greater opportunities for tardiness.
  • DUNCAN/‘Faith Assured’
    Turn in your Bible to Genesis 17:1-8. In the wake of the Hagar-Ishmael soap opera, we find this man of God wavering in his faith, almost ceasing to look for God's grand fulfillment of His promise. These verses tell us the story of what God did for Abram right in that moment of his need. This passage can be broken into two parts. In verses 1-3 we have a picture of God’s coming to Abram and reviving his faith by showing Abram again who He is, by reminding Abram that he has entered into covenant with Him. Then in verses 4-8 we see God renaming Abram, calling him Abraham, and repeating to him the promises of the covenant. So verses 1-3 are the prelude, and verses 4-8 are the promises in this passage.
  • Donald Trump is not, and never will be, the Moscow correspondent for The Nation magazine, and he shouldn’t sound like it.
  • George Washington, who saw at first hand the limitations of surmise, conjecture and theory, nailed it. “Reason and experience,” he said, “both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
  • If Mitch McConnell’s Senate can confirm his new nominee for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump may have completed the capture of all three branches of the U.S. government for the Republican Party.
  • Germany’s Angela Merkel is, her supporters like to gloat, the leader of the free world.
  • DUNCAN/Faith Wavering
    Turn in your Bible to Genesis 16:1-16. In chapters 12-15 we’ve seen highs and lows in the life of Abram as he struggles with his faith in God’s covenant promises. Unfortunately in Genesis 16 we are at another low point in the life of Abram. This passage has many great lessons for us, and I'd like to look at four of them with you.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Psalm 93
    This summer we will depart from Exodus for a while and look at various psalms. Today we will look at Psalm 93. The world we live in seems so uncertain and in upheaval, and indeed our lives seem uncertain. Things can change very quickly. A new day can bring with it a life altering event. This psalm teaches us what is certain in an uncertain world.
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