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 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion 

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... — Updated 3/22/2023

 By Matthew Young    Opinion

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 U... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

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 Presb... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Don Saul    Opinion

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 sp... — Updated 2/22/2023

 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

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... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion

God's full battle array – big wheels of justice in milestone motion

Goodness! For me, a special kismet is in the air! God is such a showoff. I awoke this Wednesday morning to my only chore of the day, that of writing this column, as it is due in one... — Updated 2/8/2023

 By Jamie Kaku    Opinion

Our differences in unity make us better | Worship

This past Christmas, my nephew from Japan came to visit us with the intent to experience what Christmas was like in the United States. I thought that this was an interesting... — Updated 2/1/2023


Thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses among millions of Nazi victims | Worship

On Jan. 27, the world will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a symbolic date to commemorate the victims of Nazism. Murderous Nazi terror targeted millions for reasons of biology, nationality, or political ideology. But... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Igor Karabut    Opinion

Greatness | Worship

One of my favorite quotes is from Crawford Loritts. He says, “Greatness is never the product of giftedness, greatness is the product of faithfulness.” People strive for... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Glen Pickus    Opinion

Rededicating my life | Worship

The first night of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, starts this year at sunset on Dec. 18. As I’ve been writing this column for the Mukilteo Beacon worship page since... — Updated 1/15/2023

 By Matthew Young    Opinion

'You are the light of the world'

I love the “Star Wars” films. Among many quotable lines from the series, one particularly resonates with me as we live out our Christmas reality into the New Year. In “Star... — Updated 1/11/2023

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

How old are you? | Worship

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran Feb 14, 2009, is by Mark Smith, former senior pastor of Mukilteo... — Updated 1/4/2023

 By Pam Miles    Opinion

What's in a name? | Worship

We have completed Christmas Day, and many may already be packing up the tree, and moving on to the New Year’s decorations and parties. In the Lutheran Church and many mainline... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Don Saul    Opinion

'tis the season | Worship

For Christians, this season of Advent is a time to anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Churches remind themselves using a variety of Christ’s... — Updated 12/20/2022

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

Do dogs go to heaven? | Worship

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran Aug.24, 2011 is by Mark Smith, former senior pastor of Mukilteo... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Sports and faith help unite the world | Worship

Rarely do faith and sports cross paths; this year’s World Cup is the exception. Morgan Freeman said “Football united nations and their love for the beautiful game. What brings t... — Updated 11/30/2022

 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion

Proactivity yields delightful pavilion of eternity while still on earth! | Worship

Hello friends! Sometimes, God speaks to us in the first person. It’s a concept. Pretty compelling stuff. For instance, here is His Voice now, from the Baha’i Writings: “O SON... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

Don't waste your time! | Worship

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran May 1, 2013 is by Mark Smith, former senior pastor of Mukilteo... — Updated 11/17/2022

 By Jamie Kaku    Opinion

Remembering to be grateful | Worship

The start of the fall season is one of my favorite times of the year. I could do with a little less rain, but there is something about November, when the air is crisper, the days... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Igor Karabut    Opinion

Reformation Day | Worship

On Oct. 31, much of our culture celebrated by dressing up in various costumes and did the very thing their parents had warned them about. They took candy from strangers well into... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Matthew Young    Opinion

A firm center and soft edges | Worship

Approach the public square with a “firm center” and “soft edges.” Christian writer, religious freedom lawyer, and Iraq War veteran David French recently quoted this idea fro... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By David Parks    Opinion

Shaped by privilege | Worship

I am biased. I admit it. Every day there are things that I do, things that I say, and things that I think all come from a prejudice that has developed in me over the years. It’s... — Updated 10/19/2022

 By Pam Miles    Opinion

Our identity | Worship

I recently had a friend remind me of a great quote by A.J. Swoboda – "Jesus heard the audible voice of God twice in the New Testament. Neither time was he told what to do but... — Updated 10/14/2022

 By Don Saul    Opinion

Follow the science | Worship

Ha ha. I bet I caught a few of you with this headline. Today I want to dig into why this phrase catches people's attention. Be honest: Would you have read further if I had titled... — Updated 10/5/2022

 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Ignorance causes us to experience suffering | Worship

According to the Buddha, the primary cause of our suffering is ignorance. What does “ignorance” mean? Ignorance is a fundamental state of mind that reflects misunderstanding.... — Updated 9/28/2022


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