Come to the Table…

When I was younger one of my favorite parts of the Bible to read was the book of proverbs. I loved hearing the sage old advice from ancient times that applied as much to my life then and now as it did when it was first written.  One passage in particular came to my mind…

I Want To Be Last!

This week’s bible reading is a familiar one to many, Jesus said: “some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” There are many ways that we can apply this passage in our lives, let’s try this one.  The world teaches us to seek acknowledgement and praise from those…

Victory in Jesus

All this week, communities in the US are enjoying fireworks celebrating and showing pride in our country. Our country has many wonderful blessings and many difficult challenges, and I think we get lost in much of the conflict that goes on 24/7 on the news channels. But that mirrors our personal lives, often we have…

Where Is Your Security in 2019?

Already for many of my church families this new year has brought and will continue to bring significant changes, losses, and even a very important celebration. It’s a changing time and this year will no doubt bring many more changes to come. This Sunday is Epiphany, when we remember and celebrate the Wise Men from…

The Holidays are Coming!!!

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING, THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!!!              The story of Paul Revere and his midnight ride is sketched into our historical consciousness as Americans. On the night of April 18th, 1975, a battalion of over 900 British Red Coat soldiers were marching on the little colony of Concord to apprehend our country’s forefathers,…

Don’t Give Up On You!

This devotion is reaching out to all of you who have had your hearts broken and told you weren’t worth anything. Someone took your dreams and broke your heart and you feel the weight of the world pulling you down. Might have been years ago or the tears are still falling. I won’t tell you…

Love Our Enemies

These past few weeks I’ve found myself caught up in all of the political drama going on in Washington, with the Supreme Court nomination, political drama, and various accusations. If you don’t know about this yet, you will. What has been bothering me throughout the process is the blatant disregard for any sense of dignity,…

Why Do Good Things Happen?

Yesterday marked another anniversary of 9/11 and after that event people flooded into churches and synagogues looking for stability in a world that seemed to have gone out of control. We know life is filled with crisis, trauma and pain, on an individual scale and for a whole country. We get used to the good…

You Can’t Earn This!

This past week my son asked me what Labor Day was all about. It took me a second, barbecues and picnics were the first thing to cross my mind, but then I remembered Labor Day originally started as a protest against unreasonable working hours and no time off for the workers in the factories. There…

Is It Worth It?

I don’t know how it happened! I really don’t! There we were, my wife and I, looking at our calendars for the Fall and the newly registered craziness that was going to be our children’s schedule. “There is an activity almost every night of the week!” “I know!” My wife said, “ugh, why didn’t we…

Who Would You Give Your Future To?

Have you ever read your horoscope or wondered what your sign was? Maybe you thought it wouldn’t hurt to check out some tarot cards or even see what that old Magic 8 ball was all about? All of these methods and so many more of getting some sort of answer about what we want to…

Try Something New!

Our devotion today is from Ephesians 4:25-32. Pastor Paul writes some strong words about how a Christian should not live. He describes their actions this way: They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. Pastor Paul speaks clearly that every practice of impurity does not…