All Of It Will Go Away…Now What?

All of it will go away…now what??? What kind of people ought you to be knowing that this whole world and everything in it will one day be dissolved and remade? I believe we respond to this question usually in one of two ways. The first reaction, when we are confronted with the reality that…

3 Powerful Ways to Climb Down

They look like ants! I heard a little child exclaim looking down on them from high above. Living in St Louis with my family while attending the Seminary we had plenty of opportunities to travel up the St Louis Arch with family and friends visiting the city. The ride up is an experience itself when…

Why It’s Good To Be Here

Lord, it is good to be here! I love those words of Peter on the mount of Transfiguration, when for a moment the veil separating heaven and earth was lifted and Peter saw Jesus in His glory. It is good to be here. But there is another place where those words are said, a place…

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…

Is the heart of Christianity about going to heaven?

It was the day I died. That opening line in movies and books has become kind of cliched but even now it still does a great job of pulling you in and wondering what happened, how and why they died and most importantly what they spent those last few days doing. How did they live…

Phil’s Quick Thought… You are needed, seriously…

You are needed and wanted, seriously! I really mean that. We all have a variety of things that stop us from being a regular part of a church family, most of them not so good and some legitimate but need to be worked through. With that said, you are important to the church family, yes…

Livin’ on a Prayer (Meditation for 2016)

It was 1986; the era of big hair bands and Bon Jovi just released what would become their most enduring signature song and first No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, Livin’ on a Prayer has been played for nearly three decades now to countless audiences, as a tribute in The Concert for New…

Become Human (Meditation for Christmas Eve Candlelight Service)

It is the iconic religious figure seen during Christmas time laid upon the straw watched over by Mary and Joseph. The baby in the manger. But in recent years it is also the most hotly debated and replaced image of the Christmas season. From the endless battles over whether the Nativity Scene can be shown…