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TIWY 01.17.2021

One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple. Psalm 27:4 ESV The world rumbles, and sometimes rages, with distractions and disappointments giving […]

Pastor’s Perspective 01-12-2021

In a year that had more than its share of tragedies, disappointments and changed plans, there were also unexpected blessings and good memories. Let me share a few examples. We’d known for a while we couldn’t hold the normal Christmas Eve services; then the rain canceled our “plan B” – a short outdoor service with […]

TIWY 01.10.2021

It’s hard to move forward when you’re stuck, when you’ve lost momentum, when the energy runs out, when past events, past choices, the past overwhelms and paralyzes. Or what about when the next week, the next day, the next step looms as a giant wall of worry, fear, and uncertainty? It’s hard to move forward […]

Pastor Perspective 01-05-2021

My first phone call on New Year’s Day was from a church member notifying me that Owen Widman had gone home to be with the Lord. Less than 24 hours later, I learned that John Fox had joined him. I remembered David’s words when he learned that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle:  […]

Take It With You 12.27.2020

Throughout the Bible, there are stories about God speaking to people.  Lots of messages from God were delivered by angels.  He spoke to Moses from the burning bush, and then from a cloud atop Mount Sinai.  God spoke through dreams, through prophets, even once through a donkey.   I don’t know about you, but I’ve […]

Pastor’s Perspective 12-25-2020

This is my last Pastor’s Perspective of 2020. It has been a year unlike any other in my lifetime. Like many of you, I am ready to turn the page. To move forward to what I hope will be a better year with a brighter future. But before we do, I want to share some […]

Take It With You 12.20.2020

Throughout the Old Testament, we read a multitude of stories: love stories, birth stories, stories of grief and joy, of anger and forgiveness, stories of courage and conflict that tell of long journeys and spiritual struggles. The characters are legion: shepherds and judges, prophets and priests, kings and heroes, victims and outcasts, men and women […]

Pastor’s Perspective 12-15-2020

Celebrate may not be the first word that comes to mind for most of us as 2020 comes to a close. It’s been a long year. I realize there is a glimmer of hope as the long-awaited vaccine hits the streets this week with an initial focus on frontline healthcare workers. Still, I don’t think […]

Take It With You 12.13.2020

This is the week of JOY! Can anyone say the word joy without it putting a smile on your face? Try it; go ahead, I’ll wait! The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines joy as: 1) the expression or exhibition of such emotion; 2) a state of happiness; 3) a source or cause of delight. As you have […]

Take It With You 12.06.2020

The Prince of Peace My first piano teacher was a plump church pianist whose beehive hairdo reached ambitiously toward heaven.  She taught me scales and chords and proper fingering around middle C. In the spring of my first year taking lessons, she hosted a piano recital and assigned each pupil a hymn to play from […]