A Time for Peace. It’s about time.

Scriptures this week: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and Micah 4:1-5 There are few words needed from me to expound on the messages of remembrance that we are receiving today through all of our music and our prayers. I did want to share that two things:  First, I want to say thank you to all the men and…

Jesus is Calling – PICK UP!

THIS WEEK”S SCRIPTURE: Luke 19:1-10 A few weeks ago, I shared a part of my call story with you. I mentioned that I heard my call to ministry through a Hindu mantra. This morning, I wanted to share that little part of the story with you because we are thinking about Jesus calling us. When…

The End is Near – Yup, I went there… check it out.

Today’s Scriptures: Psalm 65 & Joel 2:23-32 What can you tell me about the Book of Joel? If you can’t really think of much that is no surprise. Joel was one of the 12 minor prophets – along with Hosea, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The Christian Bible divides these…

Happy Thanksgiving…. literally

Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9 (10-13) Jesus once said, “Do not worry about your life… Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life” Of course, the answer to that one is “nobody can”.  How can we possibly notworry?… Have you read the news lately? – climate change, mass shootings, wars, super-bugs, elections, racism, hate everywhere….and so…

Let me tell you a story…

Today’s Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Let me tell you a story. It’s about all the things that the writer talks about in today’s scripture from the second letter to Timothy: It is about rekindling the gift of God. It is about courage. It is about love. It is about self-discipline. It is about shamelessness. It…

Spoiler Alert: Money is not the root of all evil.

Today’s scripture is from a letter from the Apostle Paul to Timothy who, after Paul hears of his good works, makes him an ambassador on his behalf, spreading the news about Jesus in their world. This letter contains a saying that has been misquoted and/or misinterpreted for a long time… You know it, “Money is…

Not called to “like” each other…

SCRIPTURES: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 12 I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and…

The Parable of All Creation

SCRIPTURE: This was done in church in a Reader’s Theatre style with three different voices reading the parts. Gary was Narrator #1, Reeta Narrator #2, and Martha read as God from the Family Room. Genesis 1-2:3a (Adapted from The Voice Bible) : Narrator #1:Out of nowhere, time, space, and all the living whirl forth as…

Lost & Found: The Parable of the Prodigal

SCRIPTURES: Luke 15:11-32 ‘Then Jesus said, ‘There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.” So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country,…

One Bad Apple

SCRIPTURES: Luke 13:20-21- The Parable of the Yeast 20 And again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Luke 17:20-21 – The Coming of the Kingdom 20 Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees…