Hardship with Gratitude

I’m pretty sure this meditation is going to sound crazy to start with, but please stick with me.  We can be grateful for the hardships in our life.  I’m going to say that again. We can be grateful for the hardships in our life.  First, what I’m not saying. When I make that statement, I’m notContinue reading “Hardship with Gratitude”

Same God-Same Love-Same Jesus

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 3 You could feel the strumming of the bass guitar reverberating through the exterior walls of the old, white clapboard church building even before we opened the doors for worship. We were in Appalachia assisting local Christian leaders inContinue reading “Same God-Same Love-Same Jesus”

Darkness with Light

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! Shiloh read our morning devotions today be our kids started working on their homework. The passage was from Philippians 4:6. “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” I silently thought, how hard is that passageContinue reading “Darkness with Light”

Keep Praying for our Leaders

Hello Church Family, this is Pastor Phil- Even with the results of the election being called-ish, it doesn’t feel over. No matter who you voted for it doesn’t feel like there’s any real winners in this election. There are still counts, recounts, legal battles, and it all feels like the hanging chad debacle of 2000 with GoreContinue reading “Keep Praying for our Leaders”

Do They Belong to Me?

Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawfulContinue reading “Do They Belong to Me?”

Secure through the Changes of Life

Hello Church Family, this is Pastor Phil! When my family lived in New Jersey, our family planted a tree in our front yard. For us, it represented a lot of really good things like God’s blessings that saw us through the long years of schooling, the excitement of our first call into parish ministry, ourContinue reading “Secure through the Changes of Life”