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Part two about the life after death | Worship

Hello friends! From the Baha’i Writings: “The Prophets and Messengers of God have been sent down for the sole purpose of guiding mankind to the straight path of Truth. The purpose underlying …

Run free | Worship

My inspiration for today's column on the Christian faith journey comes from two places. The first is a bit odd, while the second is foundational to our American spirit and history. The initial …

Be prepared to overcome future adversity | Worship

Congratulations to all of our new graduates from high school and college! I would like to extend my best to you in your new and upcoming endeavors. As I recall my own graduation many years ago, I …

Fatherhood | Worship

This past Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day. For many, this day is filled with fantastic memories and gratitude. For others, it can be a painful reminder of past and perhaps present hurts. One …

Birds can lift your spirit | Worship

I love birds. When I lived back east in rural central Pennsylvania, I took such joy in identifying all the various kinds throughout the seasons – huge groups of starlings in the summertime; …

'I don't believe it anymore' | Worship

She sat across the table from me. We had just finished a lovely meal and had poured a second glass of wine. They had been friends of ours for many years. The conversation turned toward religion, …

Not another bra story | Worship

There's an old mission story that has been shared for as long as I can remember. It tells about some missionary's returning from a far off country, to update their supporting congregational members …

Why we need American Jewish Heritage Month | Worship

Typically, when I receive calls and emails from local Snohomish County leaders, it is in response to a local or national antisemitic incident. My heart sang when I received messages from …

The heart of a coach | Worship

I know I said “coach” in the headline, but let me already wander off for a moment first. Did you know you were called to minister? Yup. Now, I don’t mean you are called to be a Minister …

Religions share more than common dates | Worship

“Father Abraham had many sons, and many sons had Father Abraham. I am one of them, and so are you. So, let’s all praise the Lord.” This children’s song has more truth than first meets …

About the life after death | Worship

Hello friends! All of the world’s Holy Books counsel us to diligently nurture the spiritual aspects of our beings (what an understatement!). When Christ returned, as promised, in 1844 in the person …

Don't miss the art show | Worship

As the spring season settles over the Pacific Northwest, we see the Great Artist's work come into clear view. The sun will come out, the air will warm, the robins will prance playfully around our …

An Easter message of love | Worship

For Christians, Palm Sunday through Easter is considered to be one of, if not the most important holiday period celebrated. Although Christ’s recorded ministry was over the span of roughly …

A kingdom unlike any other | Worship

Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. This was the heart of the message that John the Baptist preached as he prepared the way for the ministry of Jesus. This is the message that Jesus …

Finding connection through springtime | Worship

Each religion and culture has a unique story, but our particular rituals and traditions share much in common too. My name is Rabbi Rachel Kort and it is my privilege to be the spiritual leader of …

Ramadan offers chance for reflection, growth | Worship

Ramadan, the month of fasting, begins at sunset today for Muslims in Mukilteo and around the world. Its concept and meaning can have benefits for everyone seeking a positive impact on their physical, …

Everyone has something they can contribute | Worship

What is your talent or passion? What do you like to make? God can use it! We read in the Book of Exodus 31:1-5 that “the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of …

Celebrities and heroes | Worship

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran Aug. 15, 2013, is by Mark Smith, former senior pastor of Mukilteo Presbyterian …

The lamb (and scapegoat!) of God | Worship

I think most people, even in passing, have heard Jesus Christ referred to as “the Lamb of God.” That’s interesting, because there is only one person in all of the Bible who specifically …

The importance of gratitude | Worship

I was shocked a recent poll found that only about half of Americans felt grateful and of those who agreed that being grateful was important, only about half of those admitted to regularly expressing …

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