• Mar2018

    Saving our Children

    March 4, 2018

    We are living in such scary and contentious times, and that makes me sad. Maybe you feel it, too. Everywhere we look there is division, acrimony, even hatred. The worst I can remember in my lifetime. So, yes, I am carrying a deep sadness in my heart these days. And

  • Feb2018

    Lent – A Cleaning Season

    February 1, 2018

    Lent is a season that is hard to fathom for many modern-day Christians. It is, after all, a penitential season, and who enjoys penitence? Indeed, the very word penitence brings to mind images of re- morseful people in sackcloth and ashes lamenting their sins. However, Lent is not all about

  • Jan2018

    The Power of Holy Habits

    January 11, 2018

    Most of us realize that we are creatures of habit. We settle into comfortable routines that are hard to change. Retired pastor Bill Bouknight described it this way: “A habit is just a grooved pattern of behavior. Some are good for us and some are bad, even hurtful.” Bouknight adds

  • Dec2017

    Stepping through the doors of the country church was like stepping back in time. Aside from the large cedar tree that was hung with homemade decorations and the old time wreaths that adorned the clear windows, the little clapboard church outside was just as it had always been — plain

  • Oct2017


    October 3, 2017

    October is one of my favorite months. It has been, ever since I was a kid. I just love the crisp, clear days, don’t you? And I love living in these mountains and watching the leaves begin to change; what breath- taking beauty! However, as much as I love this

  • Sep2017

    What is God Doing?

    September 1, 2017

    Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? –Isaiah 43:19 Almighty God is speaking through the prophet Isaiah when he offers words of great hope to the people. He says: “Behold, I am doing a new thing! Can you not see it?”

  • Jul2017

    The Gift a Year Later

    July 28, 2017

    They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.” — 1Timothy 6:18-19 The Apostle Paul was

  • Almost a Miracle!

    July 9, 2017

    “Who would have ever thought it possible?” asks John Ferling, eminent historian of American history. What he was asking, of course, is who would have thought it possible that a ragtag army of citizen sol- diers could take on the greatest military power in the world—and win! Yet, on October

  • May2017

    I have been blessed in many and varied ways by every one of the six churches I have served over the past 32 years, including our church. In fact, you have heard me say on several occasions that our church is in a really good place. Here are just a

  • Apr2017

    The Wonder of it All!

    April 30, 2017

    We are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. And we should never take it for granted. Recently, people all across the world observed Earth Day. For me, Earth Day is a reminder for us to count our blessings when it comes to God’s