Hard and Honest /

Now I knew how I knew her.  She was just very, very different than the last time I had seen her.   I recognized her when she first came through the door at the jail.  I wasn’t sure why.  I see a lot of people in the community in my various roles as Minister, Deputy Sheriff

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Dirt Writings /

Sometimes scripture is just plain confusing.  I don’t deny it.  Not all of it is perfectly clear.  In fact, The Apostle Peter even said as much about the writings of his contemporary, The Apostle Paul.  He also warned that people will use this to distort what God wanted to say. 2 Peter 3:15-16.  And count the

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Dangerous Business

I was at a luncheon for Ministry staff the other day and the speaker asked us to share what the most dangerous thing we have ever done in ministry was.  Some people shared funny stories.  Others talked about sermons they had preached on topics people didn’t want to hear.  Two shared actions taken in the

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I Quit the Internet /

Recently I told someone that I quit the internet.  They gave me a sidelong glance which told me that they thought I had said “I joined a cult that believes in Martians”.  Now, before we go any further I have to clear something up with you, because you are already thinking “How did you quit

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New Sermon Series /

June 24th we started a new sermon series called “God 24/7”. This will last through August 19th. While there is a common thread weaving through the series each sermon is a stand alone lesson from eight books of the Bible. We kicked it off with Exodus. Come and join us Sundays at 10:30 AM!

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A “Whoa!” Moment /

Sometimes my own brain freaks me out.  Thoughts pop up about random stuff which makes me wonder where that thought came from.  Sometimes it makes me think hard about topics, other times it makes me think there is something wrong with my brain! Last week I was on vacation and we were visiting my parents,

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Know your Place Christian! /

Sometimes the church forgets its job.  Sometimes we forget the order of things, and we get stuff all mixed up.  I think that this normally happens out of a true desire to do right and to see things made better, but the best of intentions do not make actions right. Very recently the State in

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The Dying Church? /

I have often found myself wondering why the Church in the West is dying.  The easy answer, and the one that probably makes preachers feel better about their role, is that younger people today are less interested in God and more interested in themselves.  They are hedonists who just want to have a good time.

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Pi(e) Day Silent Auction

Today is Pi Day, and at UCC’s Harvest of Talents, we celebrated two days ago by holding a silent auction of pies. We had 25 pies enter this year’s contest with everything from cherry to shepherd’s pie being presented for bidding. It was a fun time and we raised $550 to feed hungry people through

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On the Subject of Why We Fast

A Christian friend once asked me why a Christian should fast.  I confess that I didn’t have a great answer.  All I know is that the Bible talks about it and my grandmother and most Godly college professors all spoke of how important fasting was to them.  For me, that was enough.  Years ago when

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