Would a man or woman rob God? Surely not, no once would do such a thing. But it happens, all the time. Too many people don't attend church and don't offer time, talent or resources to those in need. They take what God has granted them and done what they want to with it. To … Continue reading Would a man rob God?
The woman at the well. Christ and his disciples were traveling to Galilee and they had to travel through Samaria. The Jews and the Samaritans had a fierce and long standing dislike for one another. Hot, tired and thirsty from traveling on foot, Christ sits near Jacob's well. A Samaritan woman also goes to the … Continue reading The woman at the well.
Okay, so I’ve endured all sorts of social rejection, hence my fear and anxiety when socializing with other people. Later for that, in Jesus name, I am healed from social anxiety!!! I am reaching out to other bloggers in Jesus name. Join me! Source: Meet and Greet: 3/17/17 Image courtesy of Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/picnic-outdoors-family-friends-1208229/ via Meet and … Continue reading
Incomplete My reason for writing this book is similar to the call I experienced to ministry. Despite not having the credentials to do it, I felt that was the direction in which I was being led. Shortly after starting as a lay minister at Seymour United Methodist Church in Seymour, Iowa, I started writing short … Continue reading My first book.
In the gospel of John, Nicodemus approaches Christ under cover of nightfall. Christ says to him, "Very truly, I tell you no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again." Nicodemus responds as many of us might, taking what Christ said literally, "How can anyone be born again after having grown old? … Continue reading New birth, new life
"Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things." 1 Corinthians 13:5-7 In order to love you must offer your heart to someone else … Continue reading The risk in love.
The small town in south central Iowa that I am a pastor at was hit by a tornado earlier this week. The school sustained extensive damage and several people lost their homes. Fortunately no one was injured. As with many small towns, people come together when others are in need. Kids from several schools showed … Continue reading Living in community
After his baptism Christ was led to the desert where he fasted 40 days and 40 nights. The devil came calling on him in his weakened physical state to tempt him. The devil would unleash all his fury, cunning and cleverness on Christ. This is how it works in this world, the devil comes calling … Continue reading Resisting temptation
Christian faith. I am preparing this Sunday's sermon on Christ's Transfiguration. He revealed himself to his closest disciples on the mountain. God's voice boomed, "This is my Son, my Beloved, with him I am well pleased, listen to him!" Christ had just asked his disciples who people said he was. Then he asked them who … Continue reading How does Christ reveal himself to you?
"You have heard it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone want to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; … Continue reading The law of retaliation