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Semper Paratus

Pastor Dale E. Austin                                                                               Mark 13:24-37

The Coast Guard motto, Semper Paratus, is often interpreted as “Always Prepared,” probably because we associate it with the well-known motto of both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  Semper Paratus really means “Always Ready”. . . . .   Continue reading

With Open Eyes

Pastor Dale E. Austin                                                                                Luke 24:13-35

As we study the scriptures, sometimes our familiarity with the text can actually keep us from seeing what’s really there or from gaining a new perspective. We start to listen or to read, but then we realize that we already know this story. . . so our minds fill in the details and we don’t realize that we aren’t really paying attention anymore. We’re just hearing the same story that we thought we’ve heard for years and years. Same old, same old. Continue reading