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Reflections

Sabbatical

   I often ask people what are the top spiritual disciplines that they engage in.  The list usually looks something like this, in no particular order: Prayer Fasting Bible Reading Worship Service Journaling   Although these are all important and helpful, something that is missing, or what I don’t usually hear, is the practice of […]

“Certitude”

Faith does not exclude doubt and uncertainty but instead allows room for the struggle within the relationship of trust.  I will be preaching on Jesus’ invitation to trust Him with our lives while not promising us all the answers or security that we may desire.  This article by Brian Zahnd, pastor of Word Of Life Church […]

“Koinonia”

             This week 14 year old Karthik Nemmani from Scroggins Middle School in Mckinney Texas won the 2018 Scripps Spelling Bee Championship. First he had to spell the word “haecceitas” after runner up Nayso Modi from Frisco, Texas was eliminated when she failed to spell the word “Bewusstseinslage” correctly. I can’t pronounce […]

How Many More?

     Several years ago we visited Arlington Cemetery.  It was a sobering experience.  Rows and rows and rows of headstones of men and women who gave their lives for the cause of their country.  Right or wrong, agree or disagree with the reasons for war, these people sacrificed their lives.  I truly felt like I […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day        I am in agreement  and stand along with this statement from Pastor Rich Villodas from New Life Fellowship in Queens, N.Y.: “Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to celebrate so many women in the world.  Mother’s Day is a time of joy and celebration – a day of to […]

What Do We Do With 491?

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:21-22). People tell me all the time that they take the Bible literally.  But I don’t know too many […]

Now

  Leo Tolstoy is the great Russian novelist best known for his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina.      Born into a wealthy, aristocratic family Tolstoy had a moral crises in the 1870’s that led to deep spiritual awakening and transformation.  He became an ardent follower of the teachings of Jesus, in particular the […]

It’s Friday…But Sunday’s Comin’

We held our annual Good Friday service earlier this evening.  It is always a very solemn, stark time as we “journey to the cross.”  It is an experiential service with readings, sharing and reflection on different meditations related to the last hours of Jesus’ life.   The meditations include sharing the Lord’s Supper, being with Jesus in the […]

How Much Longer?

A few weeks ago I wrote a Reflection encouraging people to take a moment to see the beauty in all the snow we have been getting.  You know, a “don’t curse the darkness but light a candle instead” type of perspective.  Which is true.  Just take a look at the picture above.   But I think I […]

Praying Prayers

When I was growing up as a Roman Catholic all I really knew were written and memorized prayers.  Rarely did I ever pray extemporaneously.      Then when I became a committed follower of Jesus  and attended an evangelical church all I ever did and saw modeled for me was to pray spontaneously, without any […]