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What Do You WANT? — Devotional

The New Testament writer Matthew describes an encounter that took place between two blind men and Jesus (Matthew 20:29-34). When they heard from their neighbors that day that Jesus was passing through, they raised a ruckus. “Have mercy on us!”, they shouted repeatedly, which annoyed the crowds, but soon launched a conversation with the one […]

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Grace in a Tree — Devotional

One day on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus met a sorry little man in a tree (Luke 19). Ironically given a name that meant “clean” or “innocent”, Zacchaeus was anything but. First century tax collectors, by nature of their profession, were notoriously corrupt, making their living by extorting money from their own countrymen to fill […]

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A Black Fly Devotional

This was the year I had hoped to rejuvenate my tired old vegetable garden.  All winter I visualized the new terraces to prevent runoff, the trimmed tree line to add an hour or two of sun, the rich garden soil to replace the sandy mix that hasn’t been producing.  But my April weekends got busy […]

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Anticipating Easter

Last weekend my wife and I stopped by a store in New London to pick up a couple of Easter cards to mail to family members that we won’t see this week. It should not have surprised me as it did, but the selection of cards on the rack reflects just how far off base […]

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Christmas Eve Devotional

The following devotional from our Christmas Eve service was written by Thom Smith, a member of the TBC community. Anticipation  Anticipation surrounds us this time of year.  It is that excited feeling – that longing for something we’re pretty certain we are going to receive.  And what are many of us anticipating this Christmas season?  […]

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“Toning Down” for Christmas

Luke’s gospel narrates the account of two sisters who one day welcomed Jesus and his entourage of disciples into their home for a meal.  Martha was the consummate hostess: a flurry of activity, every contingency anticipated, every detail handled, and every dish carefully prepared.  Minus the insider trading scandal, she was a virtual Martha Stewart […]

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What Do You Want…?

The New Testament writer Matthew describes an encounter that took place between two blind men and Jesus (Matthew 20:29-34).  When they heard from their neighbors that day that Jesus was passing through, they raised a ruckus. “Have mercy on us!”, they shouted repeatedly, which annoyed the crowds, but soon launched a conversation with the one […]

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NH Primaries and Making a Choice

By the end of Tuesday the people of New Hampshire once again will have had our say in the presidential selection process.  Whether or not the pundits’ predictions of a lopsided win for one candidate were on target, the exact order and final margins among the field of candidates undoubtedly will remain a surprise until […]

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