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I pray that you have had a blessed week.

This Sunday is Holy Trinity Sunday. The Doctrine of the Trinity is the church’s attempt to offer a description of God, but as I have said many times, the reality is, to define God is virtually impossible. The bottom line is the Doctrine of the Trinity tells us that God is a God of relationships; it’s just that simple. He is a God that reveals…

We're Not Alone

Fifty days ago today we celebrated Easter Sunday, which means that today is Pentecost Sunday. This is the day we celebrate the birth of the church, or we can also think of it as the day the church was first baptized with the Holy Spirit. Now, we know this day as a Christian celebration but actually Pentecost was, and is, first a Jewish festival day. No, the Jews did not celebrate the birth of the…

That Little Voice

Do you sometimes have the feeling that you are supposed to do something a certain way? Some people call it a sixth sense, listening to your inner voice, following your gut, even something mystical or psychic that is leading us in the right direction. Do you listen and follow? When you don’t, do you later wish you had?

I have a very specific memory of a time I chose not to listen.…

"It's a Hard Knock Life"

Our Gospel story today comes at the end of Jesus’ lengthy address to the disciples that we have been reading through the past few weeks, which actually began all the way back in Chapter 14. Jesus had spent a considerable amount of time preparing his disciples for life and ministry on their own without him physically present with them, and at the end of this prayer we hear today, John immediately…

Time to Pray!

In our Gospel text for this coming Sunday (John 17:6-19), the seventh Sunday of Easter, Jesus prays for the disciples as he prepares for his own death. I am always amazed by this story, because at a time when anyone else would be praying for themselves because of what was about to happen to them, Jesus was busy praying for the people he loved and cared about.

Jesus helps to remind me…

Go climb a tree

When I was a kid I was a tree climber. I loved the challenge of the climb, but especially the peace and seclusion of being in the tree. When we moved away from the house with my favorite tree to an apartment in Germany, we climbed the cherry trees in the orchard next to us and gorged on the fruit. Anytime we went apple picking I never even considered any of the long poles – I was in the…

Connected for Life

I find it very interesting that on the same weekend we have our annual spring outdoor cleanup day that we also read this text about pruning. If you look around outside there was a lot of pruning that went on here yesterday.

As I read our text for today I decided to look up the definition of the word “prune” in the dictionary and literally it means:

“to trim (a tree, shrub, or bush)…

​Pruning Time!

Finally, the weather is getting nice. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for more of these sunny, warm days. I took Monday off to spend the day with my grandkids and the temperature was perfect, so we spent most of the day outside. The flowers and trees are in full bloom, and with the weather finally turning so beautiful, in about two weeks Jill and I will begin planting our garden,…

We Are Known and Empowered

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me…” (John 10:14). This is a beautiful verse of scripture and one that I hope we all find comforting and empowering. But, before we can get to its meaning for us today, we ought to take a look at the context in which it was said and to whom Jesus was speaking when he said this.

Shortly before Jesus began this teaching…

I am Grateful!

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me;…


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