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Posts from June 2021

Hypocrite?

Matthew 15:13-14 But He answered and said “ Every plant which My Heavenly Father did not plant shall be  uprooted. Let them alone they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man both will fall into a pit.”The fifteenth chapter of Matthew begins the start of real conflict…

Are You There?

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Bishop Oscar Romero, who eventually became a martyr for his faithful leadership, speaks of the God who manages to be close to us, even when we feel very much defeated by our situations. “God is not failing us when don’t feel God’s presence. God exists, and God exists even…

Sunday to Tuesday | Naps and Storms

We gathered for worship on Father’s Day to remember and honor the men who’ve shared God’s love with us. Pastor Dave shared about the storms of life, Jesus needing to take a nap and his promise to be with us. If you missed being with us you can watch here and check out photos here.…

Sound Asleep

Who, when they’re sound asleep wants to be awakened? We all know the sayings, “Let sleeping dogs lie” and “Never wake a sleeping baby.” My grandfather had some form of narcolepsy – he could fall asleep anytime and anywhere. Every day he went home for lunch and a nap. Other times he’d take naps. He…

It was a blessing…

Recently I have thought a lot about the past and the many things I have experienced that have placed me where I am today. Somewhere I never thought I would be at this point because my plans were much different.  My entire life I thought I would play Division 1 baseball, get drafted, and grind…

Your Best Chance

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Karl Stegell tells the story of two little boys who were enrolled in the first grade of an elementary school. The teacher asked the two brothers their birthdays. The first boy said, “ I was born on January 4,1984.” The second brother said , “I was born on April 4,1984.” The teacher was…

Another Shot

I have been working on my devotion for several days and I have three or four rough drafts. None of them were very good, at least  in my simple mind and heart. I came across this saying by chance, and it hit me. I hope it resonates with you too.  Remember, God is with us each…

Sunday to Monday | Seeds of Faith

We gathered to worship at our partner Confluence Ministries and were together in-person and via the stream. Pastor Dave reminded us that small seeds of faith do big things in God’s kingdom. If you missed being with us you can watch here and see photos here. Thoughts for discussion and reflection this week: Read and…

Mustard Seed Opportunities

Sometimes we worry if we have enough faith. Faith can be like a muscle where the more we exercise it, the more it will grow. Or, faith can be something that stirs us to trust. Or, faith can be build over time in safe places and relationships. Jesus said that all we need is a…

Preaching

Although it’s not clear if he said it, a famous quote generally attributed to St. Francis of Assisi is, “Preach the gospel at all times.  If necessary, use words”. Several years ago, I had a personal experience that reminded me of this quote.  I had a very close friend named Jeff throughout junior high and…