Advent: No Room

Matthew 25.31-46Luke 2.1-7 One of the first summers after college graduation, my college roomie, Trish and I went to a friend’s wedding. Following we decided on an impromptu trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. It was around fourth of July weekend, but we thought, oh well, we are going to another country, Canada, so what does … Read more

Christmas Keywords 1: Come

Question for reflection …How will you prepare your heart this Advent for Christ’s coming? Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Our Advent series will look at several keywords of the Christmas story. Today, we’ll look at the word “come.” The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word, adventus, which means “coming.” There has always … Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” (Psalm 107.1) I want to take a moment to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving holiday this week, especially since I did not have an opportunity to do that this morning in worship. I trust you will take time to … Read more

Prayer: The Best Wireless Plan

Each year the Conference Council on Youth Ministries sponsors a weekend retreat for youth. This year’s theme was Prayer: The Best Wireless Plan. The two main speakers for the event were Stephen Handy and Quay Hanna. Quay shared of the story of how when he went to college he changed to fit the mold of … Read more


Ann Landers once responded to a letter from a girl who was writing about her uncle. The girl told the story: “My uncle was the tightest man I’ve ever known. All his life, every time he got paid he took $20 out of his paycheck and put it under his mattress. Then he got sick … Read more


Malachi 3.6-12 NLT Ann Landers had an interesting letter in her column. It was from a girl who was writing about her uncle & aunt. She said, "My uncle was the tightest man I’ve ever known. All his life, every time he got paid he took $20 out of his paycheck & put it under … Read more

Get Focused: Life Is In the Details

Colossians 3.18 – 4.18 Household Rules (3.18-4.1) Humorous Household Rules by Ian Frazier in the article Laws concerning food and drink; household principles; lamentations of the father. © The Atlantic Monthly, Feb 1997 v279 n2 p89(2) Have you heard the old saying? “Don’t be too heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.” We … Read more

Get Focused 6: Remember the Mission!

Colossians 3.18—4.18 This section begins with some basic household rules. Paul addresses three groups of people: Wives (submit) and Husbands (love), Children (obey) and Parents (don’t provoke), Slaves (obey) and Masters (treat with justice/fairness). He gives each group instructions (see parenthetical statements above) on how to live together in ways that honor God. (Note: In … Read more