“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” - Acts 4:31 Dear Friends, This past week I was away at my annual gathering of seminary friends - we call it Akonizo - which is a reference to the Greek word for Iron, as in Iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). This year, we invited our spouses to join us - some of which hadn’t seen each other since we graduated together, nearly 13
“For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” 1 John 1:31 Dear Friends, Each day at 1:45pm, my phone’s alarm goes off. It actually goes off several times each day 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm - reminders to take a moment and pray. But 1:45pm is a little different, it’s the moment I’m reminded of my wife, Bridgette. I take a second to lift her up in prayer and thank God for the gift she’s been as my wife for nearly 20 years! My alarm is from the
“Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.” - Psalm 72:19 Dear Friends, Wow! When I made the walk across the bridge into the sanctuary before worship on July 21, I was caught by the audible buzz that filled the air! When I entered the sanctuary, it was as full as I’ve seen it since Easter. As we began, it was so great to hear the loud and boisterous singing and I nearly had to twist arms to get everyone back in thei
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Dear Friends, It’s so great to be back in the saddle after a week away of resting, playing and checking in with my 5 best friends from seminary. It was our 12th annual gathering and it’s one of the most valuable things I do each year. I always come away both challenged and encouraged! I hope and pray that you have a friend or two who does that for you. Today, I
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” - 1 Peter 2:9 Dear Friends, I really love it when an idea, theme or word shows up in multiple places within a short span - it helps me to pay attention, because more than likely, God is speaking! Well, here’s the latest one! During our study time on Monday night at Session, the idea focusin
“The LORD is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?” - Psalm 27:1 Dear Friends,
The difference between the silently read word and the spoken word is downright startling.
When you and I were learning to read, the first step was that someone - a parent, grandparent, older sibling or teacher would read to us aloud. Then we would begin tackling small, moving on to bigger words, sounding them out an