What is God thinking?

Our Old Testament reading for this Sunday is from Isaiah 55. God says, Seek the Lord while you can find him.     Call on him now while he is near.  Let the wicked change their ways     and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on…

Respect is…Christian?

Our political climate at the moment is interesting to say the least, but not unusual. I remember visiting the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Texas a few years ago where Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy. I was amazed to see in the museum a display with a full page newspaper ad that…

What are you hungry for?

Have you ever had the experience of being really hungry so you pick up whatever you find around you at the store, often times junk food, you eat it, feel good for a bit, then your stomach gets sick and/or you get really hungry again because the junk food simply couldn’t satisfy. In the old…

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…