A Psalm of Thanksgiving…

What a great time to be going through the Psalms. There are many Psalms of thanksgiving, but the one I am in today is Psalm 138 (a Psalm of David). It starts where we should be as we prepare for Thanksgiving... “I will give you thanks with all my heart; I will sing your praise... Continue Reading →

Come before Him with Thanksgiving…

So often we start to move right from harvest or Halloween to Advent and Christmas, and in between spend time enjoying a Thursday without work, eating turkey and watching football. Maybe people will make sure to say a prayer with dinner. But will we take time to really give thanks? And what about last year?... Continue Reading →

Who Could Stand?

What is it that could make Paul, the same person who said in Phil. 3 that if anyone has reasons to be confident in the flesh, he had more, also say in 1 Tim. 1:15-16 that he is the worst of sinners? This seems like a contradiction, but it isn’t... it’s all about perspective. In... Continue Reading →

Not to Us, Lord…

How many of us look forward to hearing people tell us that we are doing a great job?  This is as much an issue for pastors and those involved in ministry as it is for anyone else.   I remember early on, a member of our choir asked me why they should bother singing when the snow... Continue Reading →

The Goal of Our Instruction is Love

After a significant win yesterday for the home team, one of the things that different players pointed out was that they had a strong week of practice. The goal of the instruction that they received on the field was to improve their play on the field. Offense, defense, whatever position, they were instructed to play... Continue Reading →

A Call to Like-Mindedness

One great aspect of team sports is the call to like-mindedness.  Although you might have different roles or job descriptions, you have one common purpose (win the championship).   When individuals get caught up on personal goals, the focus breaks down and teams do not typically achieve their ultimate goal. For a newly formed team, there are... Continue Reading →

An Uncut Gem…

Have you ever seen a picture of an uncut diamond? They often look like clear rocks. For some, they look at them and see nothing special. For others, they can imagine what this rock will look like once it is prepared by a master gemcutter. Most gems are like this. Spurgeon compares an uncut diamond... Continue Reading →

Mourning over Unfaithfulness

When was the last time you mourned over your unfaithfulness, or the unfaithfulness of those around you. I am not speaking about those who are not Christians, for they didn’t have faith to begin with. I am speaking about those who call themselves Christians. And when I speak about unfaithfulness, it is a matter of... Continue Reading →

Never Forget!

Over the weekend we (local pastors) had the opportunity to pray for our first responders (police, fire, and EMT’s), as well as provide them lunch (from the local Christian churches).  We did this as a thank you for their willingness to risk their lives for ours, especially after so many gave their lives on 911. ... Continue Reading →

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