I’m all in…are you?

Dear Friends, Last year we had a very meaningful evening as we began the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday coinciding with our regular Ministry Team Night.  The thought occurred to us, ‘Why not combine the two, have dinner together and then go directly into our brief worship time?’  If you were there, you may…

Waiting

Dear Friends, I would be the first to admit that I am not particularly good at waiting.  I am usually not prepared well to wait.  Diane, on the other hand, is a champ when it comes to waiting.  You will notice that she almost always carries a bag along with her.  In that bag are…

Unintended consequences

Dear Friends, Unintended consequences.  We all experience them from time to time.  We do something or we say something and whatever we have done or said has some consequence that goes beyond what we ever intended.   On occasion the consequence is negative and hurtful and therefore quite unfortunate.  We really do need to be careful…

Dormancy

Dear Friends, This has been a really good year for the grass in my lawn.  My brother visited recently and commented that it looked like a “golf course.”  Then the other day a gentleman who takes care of lawns in our neighborhood stopped by and rang our doorbell.  He doesn’t cut our grass, I do…

Life Changing Power

Dear friends, It captured the nation’s attention in an absolutely positive way like nothing I’ve seen or heard about in a long time.  News organizations sent reporters to a variety of places to make sure the event was properly covered.  All of them went live as the event began to unfold.  People of all kinds…

How Are You Spending July?

Dear Friends, Let me tell you about my July. As many of you know, I spend a few weeks a year doing what is referred to as “study leave.”  Far from being a vacation time for me, I often put in more hours in the day during these times than when I am working out…

Mark Your Calendar!

Dear Friends, It may sound as if I am rushing us through the year, but as we head into the summer I want you set aside a special day in the fall.  That day is Sunday, September 17.  Put it on your calendar.  Highlight it with multiple colors so it cannot be missed.  And whatever…

What Happens Now?

Dear Friends, So what happens now?  We spent six weeks together talking about what it means to be the church.  I preached on being connected in Christ, in unity, in growth, through words, in service, and through prayer.  You met in small groups and talked about those same topics.  Before we even began I encouraged…

Seasons of Life

Dear Friends, I happen to live in a neighborhood where all the lawns were originally sodded with Bermuda grass.  A few people have transitioned to fescue, but only a few.  What that means is at this time of year my neighbors and I are waiting for our lawns to come out of dormancy.  Through the…

Lent

Dear Friends, I am especially excited about entering into Lent this year because I believe God is going to use this season to teach us some great things about what it means to be His church.  Each Sunday morning I will be unpacking a text from the book of Ephesians that will help us understand,…