The Holidays are Coming!!!

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING, THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!!!              The story of Paul Revere and his midnight ride is sketched into our historical consciousness as Americans. On the night of April 18th, 1975, a battalion of over 900 British Red Coat soldiers were marching on the little colony of Concord to apprehend our country’s forefathers,…

Why Do Good Things Happen?

Yesterday marked another anniversary of 9/11 and after that event people flooded into churches and synagogues looking for stability in a world that seemed to have gone out of control. We know life is filled with crisis, trauma and pain, on an individual scale and for a whole country. We get used to the good…

You Can’t Earn This!

This past week my son asked me what Labor Day was all about. It took me a second, barbecues and picnics were the first thing to cross my mind, but then I remembered Labor Day originally started as a protest against unreasonable working hours and no time off for the workers in the factories. There…

Is It Worth It?

I don’t know how it happened! I really don’t! There we were, my wife and I, looking at our calendars for the Fall and the newly registered craziness that was going to be our children’s schedule. “There is an activity almost every night of the week!” “I know!” My wife said, “ugh, why didn’t we…

Try Something New!

Our devotion today is from Ephesians 4:25-32. Pastor Paul writes some strong words about how a Christian should not live. He describes their actions this way: They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. Pastor Paul speaks clearly that every practice of impurity does not…

Hard Working?

This past weekend my wife and I have been working our tails off trying to redo our son’s bedroom. We realized pretty quickly that the carpet squares we were using in his room were starting to get moldy! Gross and bad for anyone. So, we have been pulling up carpet squares repainting and putting new…

It’s the little things…

It’s the little things in life, right? Sometimes the devil is in the details and it is the little things that you miss that trip you up. But in a positive light it is also the small things that often mean the most, not the grand gestures as much as the daily caring and love…

It’ll be okay, really.

Some of the most beautiful words in the New Testament I think are when Jesus comes to his disciples after the Resurrection and says to them, Peace to You!  (Luke 24:36ff)  Then Jesus shows them his hands and feet, lets them touch him, says “look I’m not a ghost, it’s me, I’m real, peace to…

Stressed? Depressed? Me too.

How’s your stress level this week? Is it high and you feel like hitting the panic button? How about your feelings of being down? We just had a little teaser of spring and now it’s grey and cold again and people are feeling blue. Is there anything bothering you this week, any fears gnawing away…

Killer Christmas

Did you know that during the Christmas season you are 14% more likely to die than in any other season of the year? I listened to this report on the raido that reported a portion of these deaths are weather related either in accidents or from the cold but the vast majority of this percentage…

The Surprising Perfect Gift that’s Completely Free

Merry Christmas! I simply cannot believe this is the last week before Christmas Day on Monday! As you are making all of those last minute preparations, make sure you take care of yourself and take care of the people around you, don’t stress out about what really doesn’t matter but focus on sharing the love…

The Perfect Present

Time and time again, this scenario plays itself out during the holidays … Maybe it’s someone that was working a lot of hours during the year and neglected family time, or someone whose hobbies and other interests were more important than being there with the kids, or like on a hallmark tv show, maybe its a…