Breaking Down the Walls

Our reading for this week is from Ephesians 2:14-16. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the…

Does God Have A Plan For You?

God has a plan for you. I hear this phrase often. Many times, when difficult situations arise it will be said, God has a plan for you, or for this situation, or you don’t know what God’s plan is yet. Does God really have a plan for me? Often, this phrase said with a measure…

It’s the little things…

It’s the little things in life, right? Sometimes the devil is in the details and it is the little things that you miss that trip you up. But in a positive light it is also the small things that often mean the most, not the grand gestures as much as the daily caring and love…

Undercover Christian

Are you an undercover Christian?  Hiding out so no one can find you? Our reading this Sunday from John 3 tells the story of Nicodemus, a religious leader who goes to Jesus at night, so he wouldn’t be found out talking to and learning from Jesus. How about you? Do you go to Jesus at…

Be on Fire

This Sunday is the church’s celebration of Pentecost which was the visible giving of the Holy Spirit appearing as tongues of fire on the heads of the disciples causing them to run out of hiding and preach in the public square in front of a mass of crowds and the men who killed Jesus.  Believe…

Say Thank You…

Have you ever had someone do something kind for you? Something that you just had to say thank you for what they had done? It might have been a present on your birthday or it might have been a kindness that was so unexpected and so out of the ordinary that you didn’t know how…

Why Wait?

What is the last thing you would want the people you love to know? It’s a hard question to answer and one that we try really hard not to think about because it means that is the moment we will die. I can tell you some things that we would not say. Like son check…

Reinventing the Wheel?

This week’s gospel reading is from John 15. It is one of the more beloved passages and my confirmation verse. Jesus said, I am the vine and you are the branches. This passage pulls from imagery of leaves and branches connected to the main vine that has roots deep underground. It is these roots that…

Don’t Hope

We use the words “I hope” a lot.  I hope I don’t get sick. I hope I get that job. I hope for a better life. I hope my favorite sport’s team wins again? With all of that hope, we usually can do positive things to work towards what we hope for. Except for our sport’s…

It’ll be okay, really.

Some of the most beautiful words in the New Testament I think are when Jesus comes to his disciples after the Resurrection and says to them, Peace to You!  (Luke 24:36ff)  Then Jesus shows them his hands and feet, lets them touch him, says “look I’m not a ghost, it’s me, I’m real, peace to…

Who Will You Agree With?

We are quickly coming to the close of this special holy season of Lent with Palm Sunday services this weekend. Imagine Jesus, on that Palm Sunday surrounded by all of those crowds who all wanted something different from Him or what his Heavenly Father had sent Him to do.Jesus had a choice, which way to…

Christmas vs. Easter Throwdown!

“Christmas is the most important holiday!” I don’t know how my son and I got onto this conversation. I think we were talking about our favorite seasons and I mentioned that Autumn was mine because I love Halloween. Philip said that it seems like all of the other holidays are just one big build up…