Month: August 2020

Armaggedon or Artistry?

Armaggedon or Artistry?

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (Matthew 3:11c) Snuggled down here in Florida, Deb and I, and the kids, have been watching anxiously as fires out in California have consumed not only precious timberland, but precious home and lives. A couple of weeks ago, an unusual weather pattern over the […]

Family Friday: Trains Are Made for Meditation

Family Friday: Trains Are Made for Meditation

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8) There is an expression, “Stop the world, I want to get off.” And there is a song […]

Hurricanes

Hurricanes

[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:39, NRSV) Well, it is the active part of Atlantic hurricane season! As I write this, there are lots of models and spaghetti strings in the Gulf of Mexico attempting […]

Everybody Needs A Song

Everybody Needs A Song

Blessed be the Lord, for God has heard the sound of my pleadings. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in God my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to God. (Psalm 28:6-7) One of the greatest gifts of my role in ministry at NUCC is […]

Golden Rule

Golden Rule

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12, NRSV) Do to others as you would have them do to you.  (Luke 6:31, NRSV) What goes around comes around. Karma. You get what you give. There are many contemporary ways of saying that […]

Family Friday: Good Company

Family Friday: Good Company

Bad company corrupts good character. (1 Corinthians 15:33) Whatever we surround ourselves with feeds our spirit, our thoughts, and our emotions. During this time of such unrest and unknown, we are surrounded by negativity. Have you ever noticed that you feel physically drained after being in a pessimistic conversation or group? Our emotional health is […]

Remembering

Remembering

The mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my loving kindness shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10) When I was in Kindergarten, I was hyperactive and hard to manage. The teacher had to send me […]

Purging My Shelves

Purging My Shelves

By the rivers of Babylon — there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How could we sing the Lord’s […]

Wind Chill or Heat Index?

Wind Chill or Heat Index?

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39, NRSV) I lived in the […]

Through the Doldrums

Through the Doldrums

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) Connecting with kids, siblings, and relatives through Facetime or phone is something we do almost every day. “Hey, how’s it going,” we ask. “Fine,” is the reply. […]

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