The great enemy of hope is not despair, it is pride. Despair may be the opposite of hope, but it is not its enemy. Despair doesn’t destroy hope, it simply takes over when hope has been dashed. While many things challenge our hope and would seek to reduce it to a fearful wishing that things…

<a href=”http://www.churchinthecanyon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/love-is-patient.jpeg”><img class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1052″ style=”margin-left: 40px; margin-bottom: 40px;” title=”love-is-patient” src=”http://www.churchinthecanyon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/love-is-patient-300×225.jpeg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”225″ /></a><strong>“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy…”</strong>  This description of love from 1 Corinthians is familiar to most of us.  Maybe too familiar!  This morning I would like to consider how strange it is to begin a description…

(Psalm 92:12 — January 2009) “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.” —Psalm 92:12 All analogies break down. Perhaps you have heard that before. This bit of common sense suggests that nothing is “exactly” like anything else – and so all comparisons are limited. Take this verse…

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