How many times have we been told, and how many times have we heard the song? One ought to consider, is it just a slogan to help those of us who live in winter climates? Is the meaning regardless of what you think or feel, frostbite and hypothermia are valuable teachers? Once when complaining about winter weather, someone said “Pastor if you are going to live here you have to embrace winter.”…Read More
Celebration of Friendship
Friends. Do you have one or any? Sometimes we wonder if we have any friends. Another question is, are you a friend? I have preached from a passage of Scripture in Mark 2 in recent days. There was an individual who was paralyzed. We are told in the Bible that he had four friends. Someone decided enough was enough and that if the circumstances of this poor man was…Read More
Is Anything Too Hard For The Lord?
Is Anything too Hard For the Lord? This statement from the Bible is a question to ponder. If you are a person of faith, you will feel that you are being forced to answer in the affirmative. How could I ever disagree with a Scripture? This question is one that cannot be answered, the answer is apparent. It might be called a rhetorical question. If God is…Read More
This Is My Fathers World
As I took my morning walk today, a flood of memories came over me. I was taken back to elementary school days. For one hour a week over a couple of years we were released from class with our parents permission to attend “Weekday Religious Education” class. It was held in a trailer on the street, so as not to be on school property. I know it is hard to…Read More
Christ is Lord and that is more than enough
We hear constantly someone posing the question, who is Jesus? Some are really seeking information many are trying to understand is Jesus really the son of God? I am asking this question in a more precise and personal way, ‘Who is Jesus to you?’ How might you fill in the blank? The easy answer from our lips is that ‘Jesus is Lord.’ There are many things that could be inserted…Read More
In Celebration of friends
Friends! For most of us it is a happy word. I remember when friends were the people you rode your bicycle with on your way to play a baseball game. A friend’s house became some of our first forays into the world outside of our home and family. Eating a meal at a friends table was the first place I got to practice the habits of manners that my grandma…Read More
Where did you come from and where are going?
In John’s gospel, Jesus is continually confronted with two questions: Where did you come from? and Where are you going? People are interested in our past. Folks know that our past does help shape and form us as we are in the process of growing and developing. Some of us may feel some limitations because of our past, but Jesus’ past was not a limitation. When people, after hearing Jesus…Read More
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
This is how Jesus looked to me growing up. This picture was prominently on display in my grandparents home. It was on the wall in at least two of my Sunday School classes. It has to be admitted, whenever I think of Jesus, this is the image that forms in my mind. Does Jesus look like this picture? I have no idea. Not only do I have a picture of…Read More