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JOE LAGUARDIA: Holy Spirit brings comfort to the lonely

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Churches provide safety net for homeless families through Family Promise

The Bible tells us to “give thanks to the Lord, for God is good” (Ps. 107:1) As we come up to that special holiday set aside for giving thanks, what are you thankful for?

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Loss of a loved one means less joy during holidays

Another October is almost over, and I can’t help but be excited about Halloween coming up in several weeks. It’s one of my favorite holidays. There’s something about the fun and fantasy, the candy and candlelight, the storytelling and lure that gets me as giddy as my 5-year-old around this time of year.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: All churches grapple with the generational divide

For now, I’m sure that many churches can’t help the generational divides that exist in their communities. With a concerted effort and some intentional faith sharing, however, I am confident that we can grow closer to one another and together grow closer to Christ even when it is difficult to do so.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Show your pastor appreciation with personalized presents

Every October marks pastor appreciation month. It is a time when many parishioners wrestle with that all-important question: “What do I get my pastor?” Well, I’m glad you asked.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Saying you believe in God isn’t enough

In an article in The Atlantic Monthly, author and editor-at-large Jonathon Rauch recalled a time he attended a dinner party and was asked about his religion. Rauch, a self-proclaimed atheist, considered what to say and realized that atheists were no different than theists in that both sets of people try to convince others of their beliefs, seek converts, and build ideological communities.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Image of crucified Christ offers solace in our grief

All of us have our own image of Christ ingrained in our imagination or our spiritual mind’s eye. It’s the image that confronts us when we close our eyes in prayer. It’s the one representing He whom we worship when moved by a particular hymn or praise chorus.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: When you wait upon the Lord, makes sure to listen for His voice

On the first day of school over a month ago, I did what I always do every year and walk each of my children to their classes to personally drop them off.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: God is with us even in times of trauma

I’ve spent a lot of time with Jeremiah these past couple of days. You know him. He’s the prophet whom God called to declare judgment upon Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel, around 600 BC. He’s the prophet who faced traumatic adversity, house arrest, and exile. He is the one known as the “Weeping Prophet.”

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Climate change should be a global concern, especially for Christians

The extraordinary and history-making cold spell we experienced several weeks ago reminded me of a time that one of my good friends posted on Facebook that, with all this cold weather, human-induced climate change is certain to be a hoax.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Work together, focus on God and let the Holy Spirit do the judging

A recent report released by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution (as told by The Christian Century) shows that the religious landscape of the United States is quite diverse and will shift in fundamental ways over the next two generations.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: We cannot domesticate God with our theology

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of talking theology with a Christian who is in the Reformed tradition. Actually, he asked me questions pertaining to theology, and I tried to keep up the best I could by fumbling through answers and trying to remember what I learned in seminary.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Spread the Gospel as if every day is the last before God's return

Over the past few weeks, my wife and I have been catching up on the classic “Back to the Future” trilogy. We haven’t seen the movies for quite some time, and its been a real treat to see how that DeLorean time machine brings all kind of trouble.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: When you meet a pastor, just be your imperfect self

When I heard the call to ministry in my teenage years, I wanted everyone to know that I wanted to be a pastor.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Spiritual hero didn’t take sides in ministering to those on both sides of the racial divide

One of the greatest pieces of advice I received in seminary came from a veteran pastor who told us to have some good heroes and mentors. He knew that vocational ministers get lonely at times and that we need people to look up to who understand our profession.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: We are seeds of God, sown to spread the message of His Kingdom

We Baptists love our sermons. In our churches, the pulpit takes center stage. We spend lots of money paying good preachers; and, for many churches, the sermons keep getting longer.

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LAGUARDIA: Rejoice in the confidence that God has a purpose for your life

Rejoice in the confidence that God has a purpose for your life. Have you ever confronted a Scripture verse that makes you wonder how to live up to God's Word?

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Too many of us busy ourselves to keep from experiencing God's love

In last week's column, I mentioned that a team of us from Trinity Baptist went to New York for a mission trip.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: God will lead you down the right path if you trust Him

Trust God, he'll lead you to the right path. Proverbs states, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding" (3:5).

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Discomfort of change necessary to grow closer with God

I am not a fan of change. I like my routine, and I like the predictable, boring and mundane.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Retiring St. Pius pastor Father John Kieran leaves legacy of integrity, devotion to community

Retiring St. Pius pastor Kieran leaves legacy of integrity, devotion. Psalm 133 joyfully declares, "How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!"

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JOE LAGUARDIA: We can show our devotion to God in many ways

Like so many churches in the South, our church still has a time of invitation after the sermon every Sunday.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Amidst stress of daily schedules, deadlines, remember that love is patient

Paul's first letter to the Corinthians informs us that love is patient (1 Cor. 13:4).

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Sometimes we must put aside our 'rights' to minister to others

A few weeks ago when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the youngest brother of two suspects, was captured for bombing the Boston Marathon, a public debate erupted about the type of rights he was afforded.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Pets provide comfort, encouragement not unlike a pastor

Pets provide comfort, encouragement not unlike a pastor.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Every person deserves some recognition of his life when he dies

Everyone's life deserves some recognition when it's ended. What seems like a boring list to us was very meaningful to the ancients. Even the lists of ancestral names in the New Testament -- like those found in the gospels recording Jesus' ancestry -- carried great meaning.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Christianity implores us to fight for social justice

This April marks the 50th anniversary of one of the best treatises written during the Civil Rights movement: Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter from the Birmingham jail.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Easter allows us to clothe ourselves in the love of the Lord

Easter clothes us in the love of the Lord. Like most ministers, I look forward to Easter every year at church.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Be more than a fair-weather friend to Jesus

This weekend many churches will observe Palm Sunday and sing the classic hymn, "Glory, Laud, and Honor," penned by Theodulf of Orleans. It is a high-church, soaring hymn that lifts hearts heavenward and voices aloft.

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