Posts by reginamatthews

Christmas Is—Presents and Presence

Luke 2:1-7 (NIV) What word would you use in Christmas Is…? If you’re a kid and are asked this it would be the presents. What was the best gift you ever received as a kid for Christmas? Mine was a bike. Yeah, I know I’m a girl and I should say doll. But my parents…

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Boulevard of Broken Dreams—Dream On!

Boulevard of Broken Dreams—Dream On! My goodness. Joseph, Joseph, Joseph. The saga of Joseph. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the “coat of many colours” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. This was…

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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!

Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) People are different, right? Fair statement? Accurate statement? Of course, people are different. How would it be if everyone was like you? Or like me? Pretty boring. We all have different strengths. But, can we come together and bring our strengths together in one big and amazing strength? Take for instance personality…

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Daydream Believer—Dream On!

Daydream Believer—Dream On! Galatians 3:23-29 (NIV) I’m truly a daydream believer. Daydreamers are geniuses from my point of view. They’re inventors, poets, artists, writers, and kids. I’m also truly a Monkees fan. If you remember, or not, they were a rock and pop band who came on the scene between 1965 and 1971. My entire…

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Joseph: The Plot Thickens—It’s About Power

Genesis 41:14-16; 37-45 (NIV) What a great story! The story of Joseph starts out with a bang and just keeps getting better. As the plot thickens we now see Joseph in the palace of Pharaoh. If you recall, Joseph’s life went from being the apple of his father’s eye to being thrown in a pit,…

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Meet Me in the Middle on the Way to Freedom

Exodus 16:1-12 (NIV)   Freedom—love it. There is, however, a price for freedom. A price paid by those who serve our great country. Heroes in my book. Knowing I’d never have the courage. Those I call father, daughter, son-in-law, father-in-law, cousin, uncle—those who served our country proudly. Those who paid with their life to give…

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Are You Relentless

Are You Relentless Genesis 37:1-11 (NIV) This is a story of jealousy and hate; of new shoes and new coats; of evil doings and the cover-up. And they say the Bible is boring—not. The story of Joseph’s family reads just like one of those HBO drama series. But unlike those drama series the story of…

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Enough Growth

Enough Growth John 15:5-11 (NIV) Remember Prince? Sad ending. I’ve never been much of a fan, but I did like “Purple Rain.” It’s one of those swaying kinda songs. My minister brought up Prince’s song “Let’s Go Crazy.” I’d never heard it. Please don’t gasp! So, I looked up the lyrics. I was all in…

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Enough Grace

Enough Grace 1 Corinthians 12:6-10 (NIV) Enough is enough. Yes? Sometimes? Never? I often wonder if, as a Christian, I have enough of what it takes. Especially grace. Why? Probably because of its definition in our Christian belief: free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of…

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So Why Are You Weeping?

So Why Are You Weeping? John 20:11-18 (NIV) Easter. I’m forever in love with Easter. Not for the baskets, bonnets, bunnies, and chocolate but for the true meaning of Easter. My Easter Lilies in my backyard remind me of just how much I love Easter. Their blooms are magnificent. Lilies are also known as White-Robed…

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