Post-9/11 generations are hungry for faith; without it, they are defenceless – and without a church that offers it to them, so are we. Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he […]

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Preaching on a day that has a strong personal meaning can be a challenge. But the tools of faith help us to “get out of ourselves” to God’s message. “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is […]

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Is poverty something to be fixed, or something meant for healing through faith-filled communities? Another generation grew up after [Joshua’s], who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. ~ Judges 2:10 A lot of people of all ages struggle to make ends meet. Our government counts some as being […]

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The U.S. elections this year feature lots of commentators with lots of opinions about who is right for America. Which “prophets” should we listen to? God knows. [The prophet Elijah said,] “Therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of […]

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Belief in Jesus Christ is hard for many people to find – even for those who go to church!  There are a few simple things that can help people to encounter the living God found in Jesus Christ. “If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be; […]

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Responding to a calling to serve the church is about the journey more than the destination – but what joy there is to see your destination arriving! And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ~ Revelation 21:2 Forty years […]

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If you’re waiting to be joyful and thankful for God’s grace until after you’re through life’s curves, you’ll miss the grace that’s ready for you now. I ain’t losin’ my soul – God is in control! – Micah Spruance The church that I support as a Seminarian Associate has been worshiping at a local Elks Club, […]

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Setbacks hurt. But sunsets come before sunrises, and trust in God can help us to prepare for them. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. – Maya Angelou Returning to school to pursue ordained ministries at my age, on a very limited income, is […]

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Heart-stopping faith leaps may look like one-time miracles. Like a recent race car jumping stunt, though, deep faith takes rehearsal and teamwork. Christians call this discipleship. Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking […]

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Jesus appeared to his disciples many times after his resurrection – even in their everyday work. Are we missing God’s resurrection promises looking right at us today? Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that […]

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