Lovely Dust

For faithful Christians everywhere, tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday, begins the observance of the season of lent. For many, this season brings to mind, giving up chocolate for 40 days or trying to jump start an exercise program. Those can be good things for us to do, except maybe giving up the chocolate, especially on Valentine’s…

When Coffee Doesn’t Cut It

When you’re tired and worn out where do you get your energy from? Number one answer I’ve heard so far is…coffee! As Christians in particular, a large part of our faith life is giving. Sacrificing for the benefit of our brothers and sisters in the faith, showing mercy and compassion, giving to the poor and…

Will you accept the challenge?

Do you like learning? Knowing you, there will be a number of different answers to that question, like: yes, I love learning, no, not really, learning is too much like school, or I like learning new things but by watching the history channel, working on engines, or reading books. The great thing of about learning…

It’s Jesus in the Years

When I would drop my kids off at school there was a jeep in the parking lot that had this message on it. It’s the life in the years. It comes from the saying- “it’s not the years in a life but the life in the years.” I like the message, in part. It is…

How to keep Christmas all year long

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! That is probably one of the most famous lines from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. That is next to one of my all-time…

What Will You Give To Jesus?

What do you want to give to Jesus this Christmas? I know…but it’s really not that far away! This year I’ve been good and started shopping like 6 months ago for the kids and now that it’s almost December I know and have, mostly, what I’m going to give them. What do you want to…

Be Prepared

My son has been in the scouts program for a few years now and one of the mottos that is always plastered everywhere is Be prepared. Be prepared is the theme for the Gospel reading this Sunday when Jesus tells a parable from Mathew 25 about the ten wise virgins and the ten foolish ones….

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…

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…

Everyone Needs To K.I.S.S. More!

I always like to try and keep the KISS principle working in my life. The one that says Keep It Simple. I find, especially when I get busier, the more simple I have to keep everything else in my life, down to the basics. Any church family can benefit from Keeping it Simple as well….

Blessed to be a Blessing

We are in that time in our church year calendar, right after Easter, when the reality of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is just starting to hit the disciples and it’s implications are sinking in. Soon, they will be brought before councils and judges for the sake of the Risen Jesus, they will have to…

The Third Death- Good Works

This is the first part in our Lenten Series: The Third Death-Outward Marks of the Inward Life in Christ.  Good Works In our study of the outward marks of the inward Christian life, we identified 5 marks that have been known throughout church history, Prayer, Study, Worship, Duty, Mercy. Another way of wording these marks…