Psalm 124

1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side — let Israel now say 2 if it had not been the LORD who was on our side when our enemies attacked us, 3 then they would have swallowed us up alive when their anger was kindled against us; 4 then the […]

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From Pastor Kalina…

Growing up in the Kingdom of Tonga, I was that one child in the family who would get sick first whenever a disease outbreak in the village. My mother even had me take a daily dosage of herbal preventative medicines. However, when they did not work, the only over-the-counter medication available to take was Aspirin,

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Resetting the Narrative

For decades, I have heard—and seen embodied in memes on the internet—a quote attributed to Mark Twain: “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The fact is, however, that Mark Twain—aka Samuel Clemens—never said or wrote those words. Though they may hold some measure of truth about his actually statement, the versions that most

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Love & Justice

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would

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Moving Forward

This week I am participating in the virtual conference session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. Normally this yearly meeting is a great chance to gather together with colleagues and friends, catch up with each other, and support and encourage each other in person. Of course in the age of Covid, our work is done via

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Aldersgate Day

Today, May 24th, is Aldersgate Day. “Aldersgate Day is celebrated on May 24 (or the Sunday closest) to commemorate the day in 1738 when John Wesley experienced assurance of his salvation. Wesley reluctantly attended a group meeting that evening on Aldersgate Street in London.  As he heard a reading from Luther’s Preface to the Epistle

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