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 God…

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 police…

Cake…

I’m thinking about never eating cake again. Well, probably not never, probably will have some this weekend at a birthday party, but at least never see cake the same way again. Maybe you’ve heard about the whole Christian baker not wanting to bake a cake for a gay wedding because she felt it was against…

Where you are planted…

When Shiloh and I bought our first home in Galloway NJ, we planted a tree. I remember the experience because it was one of those first big kinds of milestones in our life. We had been living in dorms and then apartments, then rented houses, but now this was our house, it was exciting and…

Rachel Weeping on Christmas

“A voice was heard in Ramah,     weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children;     she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18 This is one of the Christmas stories that is rarely told. This was the fulfillment of the prophecies from the prophet Jeremiah, somewhere between 600 years before the Christ…

The Key

This weeks meditation is from Matthew 16:13-20. I remember my first year of marriage with Shi, that year when you begin to really realize what it’s like living with a different person. I left the toilet seat up and she put it down. I left the cap off of the tube of toothpaste, which drove…

“Love Goes…”

God is love. I want you to think about what love does. We have a beautiful list in Holy Scripture that is recounted at nearly every Christian wedding, called the way of love from I Corinthians 13 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It…

“They thought they were drunk…”

“They thought they were drunk…” Sometimes, people who haven’t actually read the Bible come up with this rather silly notion, that the Bible was written much later than it was, written by the winners of history (so to speak) to make the disciples and the Christian faith look good. So, we don’t actually have to…

“What you say matters”

What you say matters. Obviously, right? Maybe not always? We were raised with useless rhymes like “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” But we know deep down inside that words hurt more than sticks and stones ever could. Words shape the core of who we are. Words can…

“For Jessica”

“So… what’s next?” This past week I travelled for a very brief trip to visit some good friends, friends who became family kind of friends, in Alabama. Their youngest daughter Jessica was graduating from High School and I made a promise a long time ago that I would see her walk. The next day while…

Heaven is my home???

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness intohis marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (I Peter 2:9-10)…