Joy in All Circumstances

As we near Christmas, we enter a season that is joyful for so many, but not necessarily for the right reasons.  Our joy (as a people) seems to be found in the giving or receiving presents.   VeggieTales had a movie, The Toy That Saved Christmas, where the toy, a Buzzsaw Louie doll, was the... Continue Reading →

Hope is at the Heart of Christmas

If we look around us today, from a human standard, it seems harder to have hope. Our political structures are a mess. Inflation is out of control. People are wondering how they are going to make it through the winter. From a faith standpoint, we hear about less and less people going to church. Nationwide,... Continue Reading →

Are Our Hearts Ready for Advent?

The scene in John 19 puts things into perspective, as far as the state of the hearts of the people who were there, and should be a cautionary tale for us as well. Concerned about their own power and position, the religious leaders wanted Jesus to be crucified. They brought Him before Pilate. Although Pilate... Continue Reading →

The Light of the World

Last year I got the opportunity to go to this amazing place in South Carolina to see the sunrise with Caitie. It was a chapel in the mountains that offered a view of this amazing sunrise over the mountains. But in order to see the sunrise, we had to go in the middle of the... Continue Reading →

Good Stewards of our Gifts

Isn’t it wonderful that God gives His children such wonderful gifts? The challenge is what to do with them. Debbie and I are connected with different pastor’s and pastor’s wive’s groups, and there was one group recently that was lamenting over the unwillingness of those in their different churches to use their gifts for much... Continue Reading →


Taken while at the John 17:23 Pastor’s Retreat at Toah Nipi Retreat Center in Rindge NH. There is something special about fall in New England. I love the fact that this season means apple everything (cider donuts, apple crisp, apple pie 😋). For some, it might be pumpkin everything (I’ll stick with the apples, thank... Continue Reading →

Fear and Love…

A sister in Christ asked me recently about the connection between fear and love. And her conflict came between verses in 1 John 4 and Proverbs. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”... Continue Reading →

Can’t Have One Without the Other…

Love and obedience, these two words are linked in the Bible, and more so in John’s writing. It is seen in John’s Gospel (chapters 14 and 15), and throughout his epistles. “But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him.“ 1 John 2:5a NIV84 (God’s love, instead of the love... Continue Reading →

Keeping Your Head

What are we to do with the current state of affairs? Recent research shows the challenges that face Christians are getting greater as we hear about pastors and teachers moving further and further away from biblical doctrine. The changes in the church do NOT reflect a never changing God. God is perfect… God is perfect,... Continue Reading →

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