Worth the Wait

It’ll be worth the wait. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my kids that exact same thing when they were waiting for a surprise I had prepared for them. I’m guessing, based on their reactions when the surprise was revealed, it was worth the wait. Pastor Paul in Romans 8:18 is saying…

Rules are bad, right?

It happens all the time. Mom or Dad tell their kid not to do something because their going to get hurt. The kid didn’t realize the danger they were in but instead of being grateful, they get mad at their mom and dad and want to do the bad thing even more just to prove…

Instruments of Righteousness

Last week I took my family to see “Opera under the Stars” in the town square near my home. It was a special outdoor performance of traditional opera. The performer’s voices were beautiful instruments they used to sing some beautiful songs. It reminded of this passage from Romans 6:13: Do not present your members to…

Something Bigger

God’s people are precious and in Jesus Christ you are part of God’s people. In our individualistic western culture, it is all about me, sometimes in good ways and often not, but we are very individualistic in how we see ourselves in relationship to the world and in relationship to God. It is about me…

God is-I am

Who is God?  Take a moment and answer that question.     You put ten people in a coffee shop together and it is very likely that you will get 10 different answers to that question. Because often the question of who is God becomes a different question altogether, it becomes who is God to…

O.M.G.

Walking through any store at any given time I will hear the words “Oh my god!” at least five times, maybe more. Doing a little research, Oh My god is one of the top 5 expletives out there and more often said by women than men. Quite honestly, unless you have parental authority over a…

Restful Growth

Recently, when reading the classic book, Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster, I was deeply challenged by what he said. The following are his words about taking time to create a or go to a retreat to study Holy Scriptures. “Some of my most profitable experiences of study have come through structuring a private…

Redeem The Day

Driving to the church office today I was listening on the radio to all of the updates on the Manchester Terrorist Attack and the radio host said something that caught my attention. He said, to redeem the day. Afterwards he talked about supporting prison fellowship and angel tree ministries that serve youth, the same age…

Party With The Angels!

This Sunday my church family is so excited to receive 5 of our youth as confirmed parishioners in our church family! They and their families have committed a lot of time to their growth in the Christian faith. Confirmation in our church body, of the many good purposes it serves, like education, maturity and rite…

Home Is Where…

  That is a plaque I have sitting in my living room window at home.  But I know, some of you would not agree with that statement. So hear are some you might like. Home is where: the cat is the horse is the wine is the coffee is. I liked this one in particular,…

Bring Your Troubled Hearts

Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 That is a hard one. There are a lot of reasons for our hearts to be troubled, too many to count. From fears and worries, stress, illness and physical pain, money problems and cares about the future. Our…