Peace – Prayer – Joy – Love

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone?

In this wonderfully dark and cryptic passage in Mark, Jesus tells his disciples two very important things. 1) Don’t be a stumbling block especially to the young believers. But instead 2.) be the salt of the earth. The reading also talks of hell. Or what the original Greek text refers to as Gehenna…the garbage dump outside Jerusalem. While we should not overlook…

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

(Stand in silence for a moment) Silence. It can be uncomfortable for some, making them feel nervous, anxious, and agitated. For others, it’s a welcomed blessing that is peaceful, calm, and serene. We have a saying in our house, “Silence is golden, except when coming from children. Then you better go check to see what’s broken.” Kathleen and I know that if  the…

Who or What You Know

Reading: Prov. 3:1-12; 2 Timothy 3:10-17 In a recent article in Relevant magazine, there was a report done on Millennials that I found rather interesting. Get this, the magazine reports that even though this generation has grown up texting, binge watching and gaming on a variety of digital devices, Millennials fail miserably at applying their tech knowledge in the modern workplace. The…

Every Life Matters

Readings: James 2:1-18; Mark 7:24-30 (Opening Story) It’s not unusual for this church to help people who walk in off the streets looking for financial assistance or spiritual care. Even if their visits disrupt us from doing the other church duties, we try to take the time to help them as we are able. For a while, there was one person who would…

Dress Faithfully

How many people remember the name Joey Buttafuoco? He made national news when his affair with a 16 year-old girl, Amy Fisher, was exposed after Fisher attempted to kill Buttafuoco’s wife. It was an ugly story that not only kept the late night talk show hosts well stocked in jokes, but people around the country casting all sorts of opinions and judgments. Now, there…

Live Wisely

This past week I went golfing with one of our deacons. Now anyone who golfs with me will attest that I ask a lot of questions, from “Which club should I use?” to the more frequent, “Can you help me look for my ball?” But there is one question I always seem to ask and in doing so, I believe, has made…

God’s Desired Things

Reading: Matthew 5:1-12 (The Beatitudes) In 1927 Max Ehrmann wrote Desiderata, which when translated from Latin means “desired things.” It’s a beautiful prose poem that begins with the words, “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.” During my time away with my family, which wasn’t always as peaceful or placid as one might wish, I learned this…