Reflections

Ways: Like a river

Ways: Like a river

According to the National Geographic Society, “A river is a ribbon-like body of water that flows downhill from the force of gravity.” There are over three million rivers in the world, according to the US Geological Survey. And each river carves its own path towards...

Finding Nemo: Life’s seasons

Finding Nemo: Life’s seasons

In the beloved animation, Finding Nemo, released by Pixar Animation Studios in 2003, a worried and over-protective father, Marlin, searches for his lost son. As the movie begins, Marlin and his wife, Coral, are anxiously awaiting the hatching of their family. However,...

Seeing Ahead: Bent Over

Seeing Ahead: Bent Over

It can be argued that human motivation to meet needs exists at hierarchical levels of criticality. That is, we must meet our most basic needs at the base of the hierarchy before we’re motivated to pursue needs at a higher level. So if we’re deprived of food, water or...

Coming up in Worship

Coming up in Worship

Next Sunday we begin a new series based, in large part, on Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human, by Leo Buscaglia, PhD. We often talk about salvation as beginning with spiritual rebirth. More importantly, the results of spiritual rebirth is seen by others as we...

Suffering: Why?

Suffering: Why?

In Psalm 91 we read God’s promise to put angels in charge for protection wherever we go. And These angels will hold us up with their hands to keep us from hurting our feet on the stones. This promise applies to anyone turning to God for safety. If this is true, why is...

Prayer: Metaphors & Hyperbole

Prayer: Metaphors & Hyperbole

If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times you don’t seem to know enough to come inside when it’s raining cats and dogs. When someone says it’s raining cats and dogs, we don’t run out hoping for a free kitten from the heavens. We grab an umbrella, raincoat...

Heaven: Rabbit holes

Heaven: Rabbit holes

It makes little sense that a pastor should struggle to find what to say about heaven. After all, heaven is our ultimate goal, our reward and God’s promise for eternal life free from pain. It simply doesn’t make sense. This week’s message finds support from chapter...

Hellfire: Divine mercy

Hellfire: Divine mercy

Country singer Rodney Atkins in his hit song, “Going Through Hell,” suggests, “Keep on going, don’t slow down, if you’re scared don’t show it. You might get out before the devil even knows you’re there.” Supposedly, a Winston Churchill quote inspired his song. “If...

Fallibility: God’s love letter?

Fallibility: God’s love letter?

This coming Monday is Memorial Day. A holiday, originally created to remember and honor the thousands who died during the Civil War. But as time passed, the remembrance expanded to include all soldiers from all wars. But memories fade over time. A recent Associated...

Proof: God exists!

Proof: God exists!

Scientists worldwide, since the 17th century, use a formal process for objectively establishing facts through testing and experimentation. There are seven steps, with some steps repeated, depending on circumstances. The process includes question, observation,...

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