Freedom in Christ

Hello church family, this is Pastor Phil-  Our reading this Sunday is from Matthew 11:28-29 (you can read the whole chapter here!) Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest forContinue reading “Freedom in Christ”

What have you done for God lately?

What have you done for me lately? Not the most pleasant of phrases is it and there never is a really good answer to it either. It starts off being accusatory and when you think of an answer it’s never good enough. There have been times that we have been tempted to say this phraseContinue reading “What have you done for God lately?”

7 Reasons to Love Worshipping Together

Why do we worship together? The Lord commanded us to. Not because God needs our worship but we need to be in worship with a church family, because… -In worship is where God has promised to meet you through His Word and through His Sacraments. -you grow in your trust and knowledge of who GodContinue reading “7 Reasons to Love Worshipping Together”

Startling reasons people race out in the freezing cold for…

A man clad only in boxer shorts stopped a thief from stealing his car in southern Norway – by clinging on to the roof in a hair-raising ride at -17C. Police say the owner was left “pretty bloody” after the car crashed into a safety barrier on a bridge. A suspect has been taken into policeContinue reading “Startling reasons people race out in the freezing cold for…”

House of Grace (or where you live in your faith life actually matters)

Being a landlord is an adventure I never wanted to experience but one that was thrown upon me by necessity. We bought our house in New Jersey before the financial bubble burst with every intent of staying there for a very long time but both God and life, as happens, had other plans. But thenContinue reading “House of Grace (or where you live in your faith life actually matters)”

Naughty or Nice this Christmas? (or why God already gave you your Christmas present because God knows and we know the answer to that question)

Are you naughty or nice this Christmas? The old song, “he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, gonna find out who’s been naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town.” The whole schtick is a tool for parents to hold it over their children during the high stress/high energy time of the holidays,Continue reading “Naughty or Nice this Christmas? (or why God already gave you your Christmas present because God knows and we know the answer to that question)”

God isn’t done with us yet… meditation

She was a hopeless case, I would just shake my head and sigh more times than not. She came from an impoverished neighborhood with a few strikes already against her. But it wasn’t that but her insistence to just fight with me, about everything and anything she could think of. God, faith, Jesus, church, life,Continue reading “God isn’t done with us yet… meditation”

2 Thoughts on Science and Faith

Last month we began a conversation laying the groundwork for negotiating some of those hairpin turns in the culture wars that divide people. Today, we’re turning to the topic of science. There seems to be this culture war right now that tells people, either you can be a Christian or you can be a scientist,Continue reading “2 Thoughts on Science and Faith”

Our Easter Photo Album

My wife and I were cleaning out some old cupboards this past week and we came across one of our old wedding albums. When the kids realized what it was they had a blast looking at all of the old pictures of mom and dad before they were mom and dad. This album in particularContinue reading “Our Easter Photo Album”

Only a man…

Last week, I realized once again why I don’t watch daytime TV. All of us had just finished a run of the stomach flu that the kids brought home from school, like the little Petri dishes that they are. The kids were finally better enough to get back to class but Shi and I wereContinue reading “Only a man…”