By On October 21st, 2018

Memorizing Scripture

Most of us own Bibles; one hopes that we actually read them. Even better than that is to memorize Scripture so that it is always with us. Memorizing takes time, but is worth every bit of that time because Scripture is good for us in so many ways. Let me mention just two of those…


By On October 18th, 2018


Holy means being set apart for a special purpose. It doesn’t mean that one is better than someone else, nor does it mean being “religious” in comparison to anyone else. But we’ve turned it into a work that means ultra religious, even “stuck up” or “holier than thou.” Each of us as Christians has a…


By On October 14th, 2018


When I was training for ministry, I planned to have a dual ministry as a musician and a pastor. Years of working with choirs made this seem to be an obvious direction for my future. The ministry committee that had my future in their hands disagreed, telling me I had to pick pastoring or music.…


By On October 11th, 2018

Take a Break

Sometimes it is just good to take time and enjoy life’s blessings. Life seems all work and no play. We often miss celebrating what’s been done. I have found myself so frequently focused on work that I’ve missed moments of beauty and joy that I’d have experienced if I only took the time to shift…


By On October 7th, 2018


Hope comes when we have something to look forward to. There are loads of material things we can hope for, but I’m speaking of something bigger. Many people have frittered away years in hope of suddenly becoming rich, or becoming famous. Hope is a broader term than simply wanting a thing, event, or status. Key…


By On October 3rd, 2018


When you feel weak is the time when you need to be with others. Sometimes, when we’re despairing that someone isn’t paying attention to us, that person might be in the same emotional space, longing for our presence. Isolation can bring weakness. We are alone, repeatedly visualizing our fears. No one is there to watch…


By On September 30th, 2018

Taking a Stand

Who are your enemies? People you dislike, or vice versa? Is it the other political party? Not really. Aside from armed conflicts, the worst enemies we have are people, ideas, or things that stand between us and doing what is truly right or good. They can range from time wasters to to anger builders. They…


By On September 26th, 2018


We’re anticipating the arrival this week of our very first great grandchild. With modern science at hand we already know that she’s a girl and she’s already been named— Charlotte. One of the wonderful things about birth is that it’s full of promise and purpose to be fulfilled. It’s exciting to anticipate. What will she…


By On September 22nd, 2018


If you think that you’re God’s gift to humanity, it won’t be true until you give yourself away. The best gift you can give is yourself, which is exactly what Jesus did for us. We don’t have to die—just be there for someone. I used to look for the newest and best gift to give…


By On September 20th, 2018

God’s Guidance

Many years ago, I was preparing to move back to USA after moving to Scotland to further my pastoral education and experience. I’m a California native and we planned to move home. The first church I pastored was there. My young daughter was born there. We still owned a house in California. I thought of…


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