Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

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…

Offended Much?

Most definitions of ‘offended’, say something about anger and resentment. What do I find offensive? Am I easily offended? Criticism of a loved one (or favorite sports team), racial injustice, certain political views, social media… it can be endless. Why is our culture so easily offended? Why is our culture so easily angered? We are…

Sunday to Monday | Meaning

It was our joy to welcome Aaron Ragon to speak in worship yesterday. If you missed, you really should watch here and see photos here. He shared a message of hope in a world that seems hopeless. We take the message into our week’s reflections and conversations. It’s common to struggle with our faith; how…

Surprised to be Loved

Anxiety and depression are on the rise as the pandemic continues to affect our lives. Mental health in our country is a growing problem. Raising these issues and understanding that we need to face them and work together to make sure everyone is valued, listened to, and has access to needed services will help to…

Driven by Love

As a healthcare provider as well as a Christian, I feel powerless to overcome the political divides that contribute to vaccine hesitation. More and more I am seeing patients that have to be admitted to the hospital for Covid associated symptoms. It pains me to see people suffer through such a horrific and debilitating virus.…