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 […]

Happiness

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 […]

Foot-Washing

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 […]

Reflections

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.  […]

Because He Did, I Can

July 13, 2016 3:59 pm
July 13, 2016 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. KJV There are some things in life that we never think we will have to go through. Ten years ago, my husband, John, had a heart attack. He had two stints placed in his heart and was sent home the […]

The Choice Not Given…

July 6, 2016 8:05 pm
July 6, 2016 “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” —John 8:4b-5 (NIV) I hate forced choice tests! You’ve probably done them before. They are common on standardized tests of all sorts including many of the […]

Unfamiliar Paths

July 1, 2016 5:05 pm
July 1, 2016 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. -Isaiah 42:16 Many of you know that […]

Who Is My Hero?

June 23, 2016 2:33 pm
June 23, 2016 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 1 Hebrews 12:1 (NRSV) Have you ever wondered about Superheroes?   Sometimes it […]

On Bended Knee

June 20, 2016 4:26 pm
June 10, 2016 “Pray without ceasing”.  –I Thessalonians 5:17. KJV I said my prayers earnestly for many years.  Finally, God brought me through a severe stroke.  When I left the hospital I could walk, talk, feed and dress myself.  Praying without ceasing on bended knees had a new meaning.  When I rose that first morning […]

Prayer For Orlando

June 17, 2016 10:44 pm
June 17, 2016 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 5:43-45, RSV) Once again, as too many […]

Some Thoughts on Orlando

June 16, 2016 4:54 pm
June 16, 2016 I don’t normally send out a letter after tragic events like this. I didn’t write anything after Aurora, and it was in our own backyard. I didn’t after Ferguson, and I spent eight years pastoring just across the river. I didn’t after the shootings in Colorado Springs, just down the road. It’s […]

A Packable Faith

June 1, 2016 8:46 pm
June 1, 2016 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. 13 With my lips have I declared all the […]

Forever Different

May 25, 2016 6:31 am
May 25, 2016 “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” –Psalm 127:3 “You have not made clones of your children.” A preschool teacher spoke these words many years ago. I was surprised to hear that a person could make clones of their children. Our children are all as different as […]

Babel in the Third Millennium

May 18, 2016 1:05 pm
May 18, 2016 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the LORD said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for […]

The Bending Light

May 11, 2016 6:10 am
May 11, 2016 “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprang up.”  –Matthew 4:16. KJV I was preparing a Sunday School lesson for the Women’s Class on light. As Christians, we all have the light of Jesus available to […]

I Can’t Hear the Harmony…

May 4, 2016 6:00 am
May 4, 2016 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. […]

The Sting of Death

April 28, 2016 5:03 pm
April 27,2016 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” –I Corinthians 15:55 When I was a small girl, I was terrified of death and afraid to die. I knew God and I believed I’d go to heaven but “getting my wings” and playing a harp for eternity had no appeal […]

The Too Hard Basket

April 20, 2016 7:52 am
April 20, 2016 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33 Troubles assail us – everyone of us. As the old saying goes – you can run but you can’t hide. […]

Broken Limbs and New Life

April 18, 2016 7:33 am
April 18, 2016 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain […]

Miracle on a Sunday Afternoon

March 23, 2016 10:52 pm
March 23, 2016 Psalm 91:11 He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. While traveling on an unfamiliar highway in Nebraska, my son approached a small curve in the road.  Speeding with the cruise control set at seventy miles per hour, he leaned over to tune the radio and […]

“Nobody Likes a Bath (if you’re a dog that is)…”

March 16, 2016 7:27 pm
March 16, 2016 1Have mercy on me,[a] O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Hide your face from my sins, and blot […]

What Thorns are in Your Life?

March 15, 2016 6:06 pm
March 15, 2016 “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 in this parable […]

“Encouraging Encouragement”

February 25, 2016 6:14 am
February 24, 2016 “Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) (Bill Wolfe is a retired pastor and currently coaches high school girls’ basketball and middle school football.) A parent of one of our basketball players paid our coaching staff a great compliment last night. He didn’t […]

“The Foundation of Our Faith” (Eph. 3:9-21)

February 12, 2016 6:42 am
February 12, 2016 “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 writes […]

Why is Staying on the Right Path So Hard…

February 4, 2016 4:55 pm
February 4, 2016 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.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.           […]

Doing Hard Things

February 3, 2016 10:44 pm
February 3, 2016 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” (Acts 10:9 NRSV) One of my “Biblical Heroes” is Ananias. Not the one who died in the fifth chapter Acts. The Ananias who is barely mentioned in the […]

Thinking Like a Samaritan

January 20, 2016 4:35 am
January 20, 2016 “But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. […]

A Future and a Hope

December 18, 2015 6:39 pm
December 18, 2015 I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11, RSV) On the first Sunday of Advent, we worshipped in a church in the Los Angeles area. They lighted the first candle of the […]

The Unspeakable Gift That Keeps on Giving

December 11, 2015 5:23 am
December 11, 2015 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV) “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” II Corinthians 9:15 (KJV) Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus […]

Jesus the Christ

December 4, 2015 9:08 pm
December 4, 2015 “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) “Every Christian ought to obey the civil authorities, for all legitimate authority is derived from God’s authority, and the existing authority is […]

An Amache Thanksgiving

November 29, 2015 2:24 am
November 28, 2015 Thanksgiving is a “civil” holiday. It has its roots in the survival of early European settlers in a new land. George Washington declared the first national Thanksgiving in 1789 after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Sara Josepha Hale, author of Mary Had a Little Lamb fought for 36 years from 1827 […]

Reflection on Veterans Day

November 18, 2015 5:16 am
November 17, 2015 And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.   (Isaiah 32:17-18, RSV) 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, 1918. Finally, the guns fell silent. The war to end all […]

Strength to Love

November 12, 2015 2:11 am
  November 11, 2015 “Strength to Love: A Christian Principle That Challenged the Conscience of a Nation” What do you think of when you hear the name, “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”?  A gifted African-American preacher and orator?  An African-American civil rights leader?  The march Dr. King lead on Washington D.C. in August, 1963 […]

The Other Side of the Road

November 3, 2015 9:51 pm
  November 3, 2015 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be […]

By This Time He Stinketh

October 28, 2015 3:01 pm
  October  28, 2015 In my daily (or at least almost daily) reading, I read the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John back to back. It was interesting to see how they shaped their version of the teachings and ministry of Jesus differently. So many of the stories are so familiar, I would […]

Gratitude & Generosity

October 20, 2015 4:42 pm
  October 20, 2015 “[Zaccheus] ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchae’us, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he […]

Because He Lives

October 13, 2015 6:09 pm
October 13, 2015 “So the Jews answered and said to Him, ‘What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?’ And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.’…But He was speaking of the temple of His body.” -John 2:18, 19 & […]

One in Christ Jesus

October 6, 2015 5:35 pm
  September 29, 2015   “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” –Galatians 3:28   Last weekend was our Annual Gathering of ABCRM churches and what an engaging time it was. For those who were not there, the […]

Unity in the Church

September 23, 2015 7:58 pm
  September 22, 2015   “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call.” –Ephesians 4:4 ESV   In discussing church strategies for the 21st century, Roger Harrison says, “A part cannot remain healthy in a system which is sick and the whole cannot […]

Power of the Tongue

September 16, 2015 8:38 pm
  September 16, 2015   “The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the […]

Listen To Jesus

September 14, 2015 5:20 pm
September 8, 2015   “As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house […]

Who Are You?

August 28, 2015 5:33 pm
  August 28, 2015 “Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are ye.” -Acts 19:15   Who are you? The answer to this question may seem as simple as the stating of one’s name. Or for others it may seem to reference our statuses in life: daughter, sister, confidant, professor, minister, believer, and so […]

Comforting Words For Trying Times

August 11, 2015 8:43 pm
August 11, 2015   “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!” -Psalm 27:13-14 (NKJV)   Scripture repeatedly reminds […]

A Windows 10 Life

August 4, 2015 11:48 pm
  August 4, 2015 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” -2 Corinthians 5: 17   Like many, I am anxiously awaiting my download of Windows 10. I haven’t yet received it in the natural order of things and the advice of our […]

Camp Letter: Day 5

July 28, 2015 6:51 pm
  July 28, 2015   Dear Parental Units,   Just kidding, Mom and Step-dad! I want you to know that I love you…I really do! My week at camp is almost over, and I’ve made some great new friends. My counselor has been incredible as she has allowed me to ask her hard questions, but […]

Communion of Saints

July 21, 2015 10:36 pm
  July 21, 2015 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the […]

4th of July Reflection

July 14, 2015 9:24 pm
  July 14, 2015 As we celebrated the Fourth of July, I was mindful of what Jesus said in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”  The chief service of salt is as a preservative to keep that which […]

Mission Visit Group

June 19, 2015 5:17 pm
  June 16, 2015 “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” –Mark 16:15, NLT   The first mission group to visit the Wind River Indian Baptist Church has come and gone. They cleaned, mowed, painted, repaired, and met with people. They learned some about the […]

My Savior’s Hands

June 12, 2015 6:41 pm
  June 12, 2015   I searched the fertile Valley floor Across the mountain range, and more I searched the swamp and the desert sands For one touch from my Savior’s hands I traveled light, and seldom paused So driven by a single cause My purpose clear, my vision clean I strained to realize the […]

A Great Story at Any Time of the Year

June 2, 2015 11:34 pm
  June 2, 2015 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” -Romans 3:23, NIV   “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8, NIV   I have no idea why I am writing about this when we […]

Pentecost in the 21st Century

May 25, 2015 11:08 pm
  May 19, 2015 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on […]