Author Archives: Tom Long

Life, Death, and Living – Beach Meditation 9

The epistle reading for this Sunday contradicts the character in Kenny Chesney’s song. Philippians 1:21-30 21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for … Continue reading

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Fool Me Once, Forgive 77 Times

 Fool Me Once, Forgive Seventy-Seven Times Matthew 18 21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to … Continue reading

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Beach Walk Meditation 1 – God and Gender

I had just finished surfing and started thinking about God and gender as I was sitting in my chair and hydrating. I decided to take a walk down the beach and share my thoughts. In the past, I couldn’t do … Continue reading

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Won’t You Be a Neighbor?

I am a racist. It is something I hate in myself. The only reason I’m not condemned to hell for it is because Jesus took that judgment on himself in my place. Every day, when by God’s grace, I grow … Continue reading

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Kayaking From Bill Smith Park

Now that our house is built we can go back to doing the things that make island life worthwhile. Admittedly, the beach is the number one attraction for us. But we also enjoy quietly paddling around the neighborhood waterways. In … Continue reading

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