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  • Created on Wednesday, 07 July 2021
    I got out for a round of golf at the Air Force Academy with some guys from the church this week. I like playing at the Academy courses because the scenery is beautiful, but also because there are no houses to hit on either side of the fairways. Given the fact that I usually only play once or twice a year, my swing is somewhat less than p...
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  • Created on Thursday, 01 July 2021
    “They will attack you in the morning, and they will come booming – skirmishers three deep. You will have to fight like the devil to hold your own until supports arrive. The enemy must know the importance of this position and will strain every nerve to secure it, and if we are able to hold it, we will do well.” – Brig. General John Buford...
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  • Created on Friday, 14 May 2021
    TLUMC Family, You have likely seen the CDC’s update on mask-wearing that was issued yesterday, stating that those who have been fully vaccinated may now go without masks in most settings. I know that raises some immediate questions about masking in worship and other activities at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church. While the CDC’s new gui...
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  • Created on Thursday, 01 July 2021
    Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. If your brother or sister is being injured by , you are no longer ...
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  • Created on Thursday, 01 July 2021
    One of the normal things that happen in the first weeks of the new year is that people tend to pay more attention to their bodies than at other times of the year. This is the season in which people make new year’s resolutions to lose weight, or eat better, or exercise more. Normally that means the gyms are packed and that’s still true th...
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  • Created on Thursday, 01 July 2021
    If you’ve been watching the news this week you probably came across the kerfuffle about Missouri Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) and his prayer before the opening session of Congress this week which he ended with “Amen and A-woman.” The fact that Rep. Cleaver is also an ordained United Methodist added fuel to the fire, leading many to...
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  • Created on Thursday, 22 October 2020
    It’s hard to believe that we’ll be celebrating Advent in just 5 1/2 weeks. Seems like just yesterday that we were in the midst of Lent and the coronavirus shutdown came. Then again, it also feels at times like that was five years ago! We went through Lent and Eastertide with our services strictly being held online and we fasted from Holy...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 29 September 2020
    As we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, and as the fall weather pushes us back indoors after a great summer of outdoor “drive-in worship,” we are making some changes to our worship schedule and offerings for the next few months. I still see these as temporary changes and, as we did with outdoor worship, I expect us to make s...
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  • Created on Saturday, 06 June 2020
    Sunday Morning Drive-In Worship – 9:00am (Beginning June 21) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER As Colorado has been easing some restrictions on gatherings, we received guidance this week from our Governor on how churches can begin meeting again. When the pandemic lockdown started, I had hoped that we’d all be able to come back on one big Sunday whe...
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  • Created on Saturday, 30 May 2020
    I recorded my Pentecost Sunday sermon early this week before hearing about all of the explosive things that have happened with the George Floyd case and the subsequent outpouring of pain and violence at yet another tragic failure of our culture to deal seriously with racial injustice. Coming on the heels of another terrible incident in t...
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  • Created on Saturday, 23 May 2020
    I hate preaching to empty chairs. Can’t stand it. I didn’t sign up to become a televangelist and I certainly don’t have the hair for it. Moving worship services to online only for the past ten weeks has been a drag, though Sam and our team have done a phenomenal job in making those services as accessible and engaging as possible. Nobody ...
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  • Created on Monday, 20 April 2020
    I’ve been seeing a lot of announcements from United Methodist clergy friends who have gotten the word that they are moving to new pastoral appointments this July. Moving creates its own set of challenges in a normal year, but this is certainly not a normal year, what with the coronavirus, social distancing, and not seeing people in your ...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 15 April 2020
    Happy Easter! Easter Sunday may be over but this week begins the season of Eastertide–the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost. It’s a festive time in the church year as we celebrate resurrection, new life, and new creation. An even though we we are still in an uncertain time, there is much to celebrate as well as much to which we can lo...
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  • Created on Saturday, 11 April 2020
    Holy Saturday is one of the most ambivalent days on the Christian calendar, sitting between the pain and sorrow of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday. Biblically speaking, the Gospels infer that nothing happens on that original Holy Saturday–Jesus is in the tomb and the disciples and women were no doubt grieving through a very quie...
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  • Created on Friday, 27 March 2020
    “I never thought I’d be giving up so much for Lent.” I’ve been hearing this from a lot of Christian friends recently. Indeed, all of us have not only been experiencing an enforced period of fasting, abstinence, prayer, solitude, and silence (all part of the Lenten disciplines), we’ve each been forced to turn our homes into a monastic her...
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  • Created on Friday, 20 March 2020
    Like most United Methodist churches, the church I serve has had to move our worship online for the foreseeable future. “Social distancing” and restrictions on the size of gatherings to ten or fewer people have significantly altered our Sundays, and while we can still engage in liturgy, prayer, sermon, and Scripture reading online, the bi...
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  • Created on Monday, 16 March 2020
    With the coronavirus pandemic dominating the news cycle, we’re hearing a lot about “social distancing” as a strategy for slowing the spread of the virus. The appropriate “social distance” is about six feet, which is about as far as sneezes and spit travel (add 2-3 feet if talking to a preacher who annunciates his or her “P’s” with precis...
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  • Created on Monday, 30 December 2019
    One of the New Year traditions in the Kaylor household (ok, to be fair, it’s actually my tradition that my family tolerates) is that we serve sauerkraut and hot dogs on New Year’s Day. It’s a nod to my mother, who used to make us kids eat sauerkraut that day under pain of death if we refused. While mom was a deeply committed Christian, s...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2019
    Well, it’s almost here. No, I’m not talking about Christmas, though that is coming fast upon this preacher like an out-of-control Polar Express. Of course I’m talking about the latest “movie to end all movies” in the Star Wars saga. Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker opens this week in theaters and while I won’t be there on opening night ...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2019
    One of the things I’m most excited about as we look toward the new year at Tri-Lakes UMC is our all-church focus on reading through the Bible, beginning with the New Testament. Starting in January, we’ll be inviting everyone in our congregation to take a 16-week journey through the entire sweep of the 27 books of the Bible that tell the ...
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