Imitation

So much of what I know I learned through imitation. Sometimes the lessons are surprising. For the most part biking is a solitary event. You can ride with others, but in the end no one can push the pedals for you. Last Saturday I found myself riding behind a fella that looked like he was…

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

The Tenebrae worship service occurs during Holy Week and practiced since medieval times, and is designed to be a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering that includes readings, music, silence, and gradual darkness, culminating in anticipation of Christ’s ultimate victory.

Your Mercy

Pastor Ruben’s series for April 2022 is titled “The Miracle of Mercy”. In researching the various scriptures used for this series and trying to find a song that captures the essence, I found Paul Baloche’s song, “Your Mercy” (video below). I need to share a little of the “behind-the-scenes” when it comes to selecting songs…

Always Be Thankful

Always Be Thankful

I read a story last week about a Christian woman in a Muslim country. Persecution was a normal part of her life. One night a group of men set fire to her house. She and her daughter escaped, but everything they owned was destroyed. I’m sure there must have been some sadness for the loss,…

Ephesians1:5

Granny’s House

This year I’m celebrating Thanksgiving at my Granny’s house for the first time in 30 years. I’m excited. As a boy, her house was the center of the universe. The best part of each year were the times when the whole family would gather there. But things changed. The normal course of life and death…

Galatians 5:22-23

Harvesting Fruit

Before we knew Jesus, we could only harvest temporary things. Now we can receive the eternal. Because as soon as we believed, God gave us the best gift of all. Himself. “And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.” (Ephesians…

Ephesians 2:8

Born Again

When they first met, Jesus told Nicodemus that no one could enter the Kingdom of God unless they were born again. (John 3:3) Nicodemus wanted to know how. (John 3:9) But I always wondered why. Now I understand that my sins didn’t just hurt me, they killed me. God gave me a harvest of life…

Matthew 5:3

Born Helpless

We’re all born helpless. At first, we have no skills, no knowledge, and no power. Our only hope is that someone will answer our cry. Though some of us become rich and powerful with time, spiritually we remain helpless. We can’t buy our way into heaven. We can’t work our way in either. All we…