built on a rock

I have a simple two-part question that I want each of us to answer. Do we believe in Jesus, and does our everyday life reflect that? It is important that people see us making choices and engaging in activities that reflect what we believe. That is what God expects from his people according to...
My wife worked at a Christian School where both of our kids were students. At that time my son was in the fourth grade. The band teacher approached my wife asking her why she didn’t tell her that our son could play the drums. My wife responded by saying: “I didn’t know he could.” The teacher...
May 26 is a special day for Christians — it’s the Ascension of our Lord! This major festival in the Christian church year always falls on a Thursday because Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after his resurrection. This marvelous event connects together the past, present and future work of...
John 20:21-22: “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”  Here in our text, Jesus offers us peace. Then Jesus sends us out into the world. He breathes on them,...
Last Sunday was Easter Sunday, and every year, the story of “Doubting Thomas” is the reading for the Sunday after Easter. (John 20:19-31) The risen Christ appears to the disciples on Easter evening, even though the doors were locked. Jesus said, “Peace be with you,” then he breathed the Holy Spirit...
In Exodus 19 it is recorded that God descended on Mount Sinai. When this happened, the mountain was covered in dark clouds; there were flashes of lightning and thunder. There was smoke because the Lord descended on the mount in fire, and the people of Israel were afraid. Fear can cause us to make...
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. In the Christian church, this is a season of 40 days (not including Sundays), beginning Ash Wednesday (this year March 2) and ending Easter Saturday (this year April 16). It is a season of penitence, repentance, and reflection. On...
February is often referred to as the “Month of Love” – a month filled with red roses, boxed chocolates, special Valentine’s dinners, and don’t forget Cupid, with his quiver of arrows. And while all of these things are associated with love, do they really express true love? They might … but then...
If I had my way, we would have more snow, but never any ice. If I had my way, siblings wouldn’t fight no matter how old they are. If I had my way, families would spend more time together. If I had my way, kids would graduate college and want to come back and live around home. If I had my way,...
Blessings to all of you in the new year. Isaiah 43: “1But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers,...

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