A Time to Rest

June 20, 2018 9:00 am
By Dr. Bill Mankin  And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in […]

The Foundation of Our Faith

June 13, 2018 9:00 am
By Rev. Larron Jackson “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in as, Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen.” Eph. 3:20-21 (KJV) During his imprisonment in Rome, Paul […]

Maybe It’s Time to Fill in the Ditch…

June 6, 2018 9:00 am
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran 34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting […]

What Thorns Are in Your Life?

May 30, 2018 5:23 pm
By Rev. William T. Golson, Jr.  Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.  Mark 4:18-19 Jesus characterizes three types of thorns […]

Rumors of War . . . Again

May 23, 2018 9:00 am
By Rev. Mike Oldham      Do not be fainthearted or fearful at the rumors heard in the land—one year one rumor comes, the next year another, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler. Jeremiah 51:46 NRSV Sometimes I ask questions that should have been kept to myself. Perhaps, I should have said, “often.” Last year […]

Sign of the Covenant

May 15, 2018 9:23 pm
  And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9:12-13, NIV) I have […]

Experiencing the Power of Divine Dependency

May 9, 2018 9:00 am
By Rev. Larron Jackson  “Give us day by day our daily bread.”  Lk. 11:3 (NKJV) In Luke 11:1-4, we find Jesus praying.  After He had finished communing with the Father, one of His disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray.  I want to focus on verse 3 of Jesus’ divine teaching lesson with […]

My Grasp of the Truth—Warts and All

April 24, 2018 9:00 am
By Pastor Darren Stroh “They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. (NIV)”  1 Timothy 1:7 It was probably one of the most profound ministry lessons I have every learned, and I learned it in the 2nd grade.  There […]

It Is finished—Not!

April 18, 2018 9:00 am
By Dr. Bill Mankin When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30, NRSV) “It is finished!” are the last words of Jesus from the cross in John’s Gospel.  And it surely was.  Pilate was satisfied that it was finished.  After […]

Change the Definition

April 11, 2018 1:59 pm
By Evangelist Elizabeth Rooks “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”  Romans 12:2 “Mom, do I have to go?”, I whined.  At 13, on a beautiful summer day, the last thing I wanted to do was go with her to visit some old lady whom I barely knew.  My fertile mind was blooming with […]

I Will Not Believe…

April 4, 2018 2:23 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran 24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger […]

A Troubled Spirit

March 28, 2018 2:29 pm
By Rev. Mike Oldham John 13:21–32 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” John 13:21 NRSV Do you remember a time when you were betrayed? The first time, I was in sixth-grade. One of my best friends betrayed me. He told […]

He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

March 21, 2018 1:58 pm
By Dr. Bill Mankin And they brought the colt to Jesus, and threw their garments on it; and he sat upon it.  And many spread their garments on the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.  And those who went before and those who followed cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed […]

An Earthly Request With Eternal Promise

March 14, 2018 2:08 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson “Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast.  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request.  “Sir”, they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”  John 12:20-21 (NIV)  As Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem during The Feast […]

The Starting Place…

March 7, 2018 3:00 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. […]


February 28, 2018 3:21 pm
By Rev. Jennifer Rutter And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and […]

Mountain Top Memories

February 21, 2018 3:09 pm
By Dr. Bill Mankin  After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, […]

The Right Focus for Approaching God’s Presence

February 14, 2018 3:33 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson  “but lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matt. 6:20-21 (NKJV); Also read, Matt. 6:1-21 (NKJV) Our text is a part of Jesus Christ’s “Sermon […]

Following in Traffic…

February 7, 2018 3:07 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once […]

Just In Time….

January 31, 2018 2:56 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran …and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not […]


January 24, 2018 3:07 pm
By Rev. Mike Oldham I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:22, 23 Most of us have encountered people who “become all things to all people.” […]

Keep On Keeping On!!

January 17, 2018 3:23 pm
By Rev. Fred Dyer “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  Hebrews 12:1 NIV  Deanna, my spouse and partner, had knee replacement surgery some […]

Trusting “An Old God” With the New Year

January 10, 2018 2:58 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson “I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord, and He inclined to me and heard my cry… Blessed-happy, fortunate (to be envied)-is the man who makes the Lord his refuge and trust, and turns not to the proud or to followers of false gods.” (Ps. 40:1 and 4) (Amplified Version)  As […]

On the New Year…

January 3, 2018 6:42 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through […]

Growing Pains

December 15, 2017 5:49 pm
Growing Pains By Miranda Johnson Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT) I have a bad habit of not worrying enough. What a problem to have, I know. Growing up, I […]

Christmas Turns the World Upside Down

December 15, 2017 5:49 pm
By Rev. Scott Engelhart His mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.  He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with […]

Seeing His Reflection in Our Redemption

December 13, 2017 2:52 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson “(6) There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (7) This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. (8) He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (9) That was the true […]

The Beginning of the Good News…

December 5, 2017 10:38 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” — “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the […]

It’s Hard to Be Alert for 2000 Years

November 29, 2017 3:09 pm
By Rev. Mike Oldham “And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”  Mark 13:37 Advent reminds us that Jesus, the Son of God, has already come. In a culture that can hardly wait until after Halloween to put up Christmas decorations, it is hard to talk about a season of preparation, […]

In Everything Give Thanks

November 22, 2017 2:47 pm
By Rev. Dave DeMott This directive can be a hard one to swallow.  I can think of a lot of things right now for which I’m not prone to give thanks.  A parishioner falls and breaks a hip.  She finds friendship with God an illusive venture.  I grapple for proofs of God’s loving kindness.  Unfounded […]

Do Not Lose Heart

November 15, 2017 3:42 pm
By Dr. Bill Mankin Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.  (Gal. 6:9-10, NIV) When our children […]

Comforting Words for Trying Times

November 8, 2017 3:26 pm
In view of the recent event in a rural Texas church I am republishing this devotion.  By Rev. Larron Jackson “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall […]

Here I Stand…

November 1, 2017 4:07 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran When Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid […]


October 25, 2017 2:01 pm
By Rev. Carroll Morony “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42 NRSV) “Day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47b NRSV) Before I finished my studies for the ministry, I was doing an internship with […]

One Body

October 18, 2017 2:06 pm
By Dr. Bill Mankin For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  For the body does not consist of one member but of many.  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, […]

The Resting Place of Steadfast Faith

October 11, 2017 1:57 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson  “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”  (Ps. 27:14) (NKJV) Where do you turn when you find yourself in the depths of despair?  From whom or what do you gather strength when all seems lost?  David, king of […]

Through Life’s Valleys

October 4, 2017 2:39 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran  4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4 (KJV) As parents Deb and I were pretty lucky. Two of our three began to […]

Built on Rock Rather Than Shifting Ground

September 27, 2017 4:32 pm
By Rev. Jeff Lundblad Matthew 7:24-27 NRSV  “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  (25)  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had […]

Harvest Time

September 20, 2017 2:00 pm
By Rev. Cathy Bayert “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)  “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.  Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying […]

Heaven’s Answer During Seasons of Doubt

September 13, 2017 1:59 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson  “I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord, and He inclined to me and heard my cry…..Blessed-happy, fortunate (to be envied)-is the man who makes the Lord his refuge and trust, and turns not to the proud or to followers of false gods.” (Ps. 40:1 and 4) (Amplified Version)  There are […]

Do Not Call Us to Investigate…

September 6, 2017 4:43 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran  3Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from […]

When God is Hidden

August 30, 2017 2:00 pm
By Dan Bolin Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20 A few days ago, America enjoyed a full-blown solar eclipse, the first one since 1979. As I understand it, […]


August 23, 2017 4:14 pm
By Rev. Drake Hunter  “Brethren, do not be children in your thinking, yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.”~ 1 Corinthians 14:20 In churches today, many people misunderstand maturity.  They think maturity is about the buildup of experiences through time or through the aging process.  The truth is maturity has very […]

Nightingales and Crows

August 16, 2017 2:41 pm
By Dr. Bill Mankin  No human being can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be so.  […]

Comforting Words for Trying Times

August 9, 2017 4:31 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Ps. 27:13-14 (NKJV) Scripture repeatedly reminds us […]

Old Faithful Erupts Again….And Again…And Again!

August 2, 2017 2:52 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran  13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:13-14 (NIV) I think […]

The Talebearer’s Gift

July 21, 2017 2:29 pm
  Eph 4:32 (NIV) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Anger and hatred filled their minds as they ripped the colorful ornate coat from their brother’s shoulders.  Oblivious of his screams, they shoved him down a well.  God’s word tells us they hated him. […]

Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled

July 19, 2017 1:42 pm
By Rev. Carol Simpson  Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for […]

A Perpetual Petition with Power and Promise

July 12, 2017 2:03 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson “Give us day by day our daily bread”, (Lk. 11:3) (NKJV) One day after Jesus finished praying, one of His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray.  In the third verse of His lesson on prayer, with these words, “Give us day by day our daily bread”, Jesus taught […]

A Personal Work of Art

July 5, 2017 6:05 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”—Jeremiah 1:5  31 Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. 32 The head […]

Of God and Rocks and Courage

June 28, 2017 2:43 pm
By Charly Whisenhunt  “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock” (Isaiah 26:3-4, ESV). ‘Tis the season to get crazy, falalalala lalalala…  Camp is just around the corner, and we are in the trenches to […]

Rough Waters

June 21, 2017 2:03 pm
By Bill Mankin But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not […]

The Power of Prayer

June 14, 2017 2:08 pm
By Rev. John Tellis  “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” Ephesians 6:18 We should never undervalue the power of prayer. The key is to pray in accordance to God’s Holy will. Some people find it uncomfortable to pray in the […]

Keeping Up….

June 7, 2017 2:12 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been […]

Comforting Words for Trying Times

May 31, 2017 5:35 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”  Ps. 27:13-14 (NKJV) Scripture repeatedly reminds us […]

Out of Shape Churches

May 25, 2017 2:34 pm
By Rev. Bill Wolfe My eyes were wide awake this morning at 5:45, so I pulled my AARP body out of bed and went to the YMCA to get some exercise on the basketball court. It was the second eye-opening moment I had experienced within the past twenty-four hours. The first one was when I […]


May 17, 2017 4:24 pm
By Tedd Iverson This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  (Psalm 118:24) Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you. (Job 22:21) Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he will hear my voice. […]

Men With Girls’ Names

May 10, 2017 1:47 pm
By Rev. Kim Skattum I have two friends who do not know each other, but they have three things in common.  They’re both men, neither is a Christian, and they both have girls’ names. I’m using their real names because there’s not a chance either one will ever read this. Chris is 32, never married, […]

Wait the Extra Minutes???

May 3, 2017 4:01 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you […]

Who Are These Children?

April 26, 2017 1:59 pm
By Rev. Bill Johnson We have all seen the picture . . . the painting of Jesus sitting on the First Baptist Church lawn surrounded by Sunday school children.  The children and the lawn show that the greatest care has been put into grooming.  The children have not a hair out of place, nor a […]


April 19, 2017 1:48 pm
By Rev. Cathy Bayert When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your […]

Honoring Jesus with an Award of Excellence and a Standing Ovation!

April 7, 2017 1:34 pm
By Rev. Kay Farley  And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 NIV Jesus had a profound effect on society when he was on earth and still does today. Like many of us he had his share of problems. Regardless of the miracles he performed, […]

Let’s Dance…

April 5, 2017 1:36 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran  14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.  16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal […]

A Matter of Routine…

March 29, 2017 5:01 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war…. (2 Samuel 11:1a)  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a […]

Pledging to Persevere

March 22, 2017 1:46 pm
By Kecia Hodges “You are blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right-you don’t go off on your own; You walk straight along the road he set…Oh that my steps might be steady, keeping […]


March 15, 2017 2:00 pm
By Rev. Cathy Bayert “…these that have turned the world upside down are come hither also. (Acts 17:6)” The world seems topsy-turvy these days. We used to think of ourselves as a Christian nation. Indeed, the predominant philosophy of life was from a Christian world-view. One could expect certain courtesies and behaviors we no longer […]

Experiencing the Power of Divine Dependency

March 8, 2017 3:25 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson “Give us day by day our daily bread.”  Lk. 11:3 (NKJV) In Luke 11:1-4, we find Jesus praying.  After He had finished communing with the Father, one of His disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray.  I want to focus on verse 3 of Jesus’ divine teaching lesson with […]

Are You Ready to Rumble…

March 1, 2017 3:27 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran  24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let […]

When Your Brave Runs Out

February 22, 2017 2:48 pm
  By Joyce Reed  If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each […]

There Is No Such Thing as a “Safe Heart”

February 15, 2017 3:03 pm
By Bill Mankin  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son –John 3:16.  Valentine’s Day.  Hearts and flowers.  Romantic dinners and chocolates.  Valentine’s is about love, but love is so much more than Valentine’s.  Love is not just a warm feeling of affection or passion for another.  Love is total […]

Being Guilty as Charged

February 8, 2017 2:52 pm
By Rev. Larron Jackson “But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, ‘These who have turned the world upside down have come here too’.” Acts 17:6 (NKJV) Too often, those of us who claim the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and […]

A Safe Place in the Storm…

February 1, 2017 3:09 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and […]

Growling Bushes and a Gentle Shepherd

January 25, 2017 4:02 pm
By Rev. Darren Stroh “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above and not on things that are on earth.”  —Colossians 3:1-2, NRSV I loved to spend time with a wise […]

Live the Dream

January 18, 2017 3:04 pm
By Bill Mankin Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall […]

Going Forward and Waiting on The Lord

January 11, 2017 3:50 pm
By Rev. Larron D. Jackson, DMin  “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not get weary, they shall walk and not faint” Isa. 40:31 (NKJV)  As we journey forward into a New Year we often do so with concerns […]

Did You See That???

January 4, 2017 7:16 pm
By Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not […]

Good News

December 16, 2016 4:48 pm
By Mike Oldham But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11 NRSV) Theologian Douglas John Hall has been […]

The Candle of Love

December 16, 2016 4:44 pm
By Bill Mankin What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8b, NRSV) Henry tells a touching short story The Gift of the Magi about an impoverished young couple who, after paying their rent and groceries, had only $1.87 left […]

Advent Thought…

December 16, 2016 4:30 pm
By Janice Newman  “And this shall be sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 A perk of childhood is the ability to pretend. It’s not only OK, but it’s seen as actually being cute. I pretended I was a mommy, a teacher, a bride, […]

Good Tidings of Great Joy

December 14, 2016 3:56 pm
By Rev. Larron D. Jackson, DMin “Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” (Luke 2:10) NKJV  The Christmas season is many things to many people.  It is a time of gift giving and receiving; for family […]

A Time of Preparation…

December 7, 2016 3:35 pm
“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” – Matthew 2:2 (RSV) Debbie hosted her office Christmas party last week…the party was from 6:00 to 9:00ish but she has been preparing for it since August. Seems like […]

Prophets Candle “Hope”

November 30, 2016 2:57 pm
“Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we […]

Thanksgiving Lessons from a Foreigner

November 23, 2016 2:55 pm
16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then said Jesus, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your […]

Walk Humbly With Our God

November 16, 2016 3:08 pm
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody, Jesus told this parable” (Luke 18:9). Humility has been called the master virtue. If one can grow in humility the rest of the spiritual life falls into place. Yet, being humble is really hard and goes against the grain of everything […]

Heirs Rights to The Throne Room of Glory

November 9, 2016 3:53 pm
“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.  And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name”…”And I […]

We See It When It Moves….

November 4, 2016 4:40 pm
8      When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9      Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’  Luke 10 (NIV) Hunters learn quickly when they are out in the woods that what we all see best is not […]

Martha, Martha . . .

October 26, 2016 1:57 pm
She came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.”  Luke 10:41 NRSV I love the people God has called into the church. Not all the time, but most of the time. Sometimes, I have […]

Daily Bread

October 19, 2016 2:18 pm
Give us this day our daily bread.  (Matt. 6:11, RSV) Today, Mary Beth and I, along with nine others from Pine Street Church and around 200 from other churches, walked the 32nd annual Boulder County CROP walk.  This is a fund-raiser event for hunger relief both at home and around the world.  About a quarter […]

Heaven’s Answer During Seasons of Doubt

October 12, 2016 4:04 pm
Heaven’s Answer During Seasons of Doubt “I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord, and He inclined to me and heard my cry…Blessed-happy, fortunate (to be envied)-is the man who makes the Lord his refuge and trust, and turns not to the proud or to followers of false gods.” (Ps. 40:1 and 4) (Amplified Version) […]

Who Is My Neighbor?

October 5, 2016 4:32 pm
But wanting to justify himself, he (the lawyer) asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29 NRSV This short verse was the theme of our 2016 Gathering that just happened in Colorado Springs. The question was asked in many ways and in many presentations. Rev. Tom Anthony shared his passion for moving the church […]

Another Myth Debunked!!!

October 4, 2016 6:05 pm
Another Myth Debunked!!! Psalm 121 (NIV) 1      I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? 2      My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3      He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; 4      indeed, he who watches over Israel […]

Getting Your Hands Dirty

October 4, 2016 5:49 pm
Getting Your Hands Dirty As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Silo’am” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. (John 9:6-7, RSV) When I was […]

Speaking To Issues of Life

September 14, 2016 10:00 pm
September 14, 2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am a privileged white male born in the United States of America. It is the only firsthand story that I will ever know. The Old Testament character of Esther reminds me there are other narratives then the one I have lived. Esther, precisely because she was […]

Lessons From a Pooper-Scooper

September 7, 2016 9:41 pm
September 7, 2016 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. […]

The Master Gardener

August 26, 2016 5:17 pm
August 26, 2016 I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. John 15:1 My grandfather had a garden where he grew, bananas, plantains, coconuts, oranges, mandarins, limes, cinnamon, and cloves. He sold the fruits for a profit. As a teenager, I helped my him to tend his garden. Near the house there […]

The Grace of Generosity

August 17, 2016 4:18 pm
August 17, 2016 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, […]

“From Bleakness to Being Blessed”

August 10, 2016 8:12 pm
August 10, 2016 “And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may […]

Who’s in Control…

August 4, 2016 6:38 pm
August 4, 2016 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For […]

In Their Homes

July 27, 2016 9:30 pm
July 27, 2016 Acts 2:46-47 “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the LORD added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (ESV) There may […]

The Earth is The Lord’s

July 20, 2016 10:39 pm
July 20, 2016 “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it…” Psalm 24:1 The first chapters of Genesis tell the story of creation in such a way that we are reminded that God loved what God created and saw that it was very good.  […]