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Posts from November 2021

Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World)

For those of us who have what is called a “Personal Relationship” with Jesus, that relationship for us is very personal, as it should be. We have shared some of our most significant struggles, our most intimate thoughts, our greatest fears and the moments of our boundless joy with Jesus. The quickest way to alienate someone…

Sunday to Monday | Better Days

It’s the beginning of a new church year, it’s the season of Advent: the four weeks before Christmas. We lit the 1st candle on the Advent wreath, the candle of hope. Pastor Dave taught on Jeremiah 33:14-16: “Better days are coming.” Waiting is hard but we have hope that God is out preparing the way…

Look at the Stars

Today is known as Black Friday. We all have images of shoppers fighting, people lining up at 5 am and general craziness. One day we’re celebrating Thanksgiving and being grateful for all we have and the next we’re focused solely on buying stuff. We forget these words of Paul: God loves you and has chosen…

Thanks for Blessings Past and Present

Lord God, we gather around this table to humbly thank You for all that You have given us this past year – not just what is on this table, but who is sitting around this table. Thank you for life and laughter, for health and happiness, for relationships and memories. Thank you, too, for the…

Amidst Trying Times

Dear Thankful, When you give thanks, are you thankful for tomorrow?  What does the future hold for us? There are ominous signs on the horizon. Things do not look good—epidemics, ecological crisis, wars, and sadness. Yet it all is depending on who holds the future. When we look toward the horizon, whose face do we…

Every Day

God is thankful for each and every one of us each and every day, but are we thankful for Him each and every day? Each year, on Thanksgiving, we take one day to think about what we are thankful for. We celebrate all the good in our lives and all the things we have to…

Sunday to Monday | Think Myself Happy

It was our joy to welcome Rev. Leon Kelly to worship. It was a gathering of friends in the Gospel as we welcomed: Rev, his wife Kim, Jude from Confluence, Angie from MS, Roger & Claudia and many more. Rev preached a word about truth and quoted Paul from Acts 26:1-2 where in the KJV…

All the Time

Where has the time gone? How could it be time for Thanksgiving already? Of course, after the last 18 or so months, time has seemed unmeasurable. But really, how do we measure time? By the number of engagements on our calendar? By the passing birthdays? By the rising of the sun? Time goes slow when…

Fully Known and Loved

Many years ago, over the course of about two years, several homes exploded due to natural gas leaks in my Dad’s hometown.  My Grandfather was killed in one of these explosions after natural gas flowed down from his attic until it reached the pilot light on his stove. The cause of all the explosions was…

Living In Truth

Dear Brothers and Sisters,                                     “It takes your enemy and your friend, working together to hurt you:                                          the one to slander you and the other to bring you the news.”                                                                                                                           (Mark Twain) Our guest preacher this Sunday will be the Reverend Leon Kelly executive Director of Open-Door Youth Gang Alternatives.  His subject will…