Even in the Midst of the Storm

Even in the Midst of the Storm

I was recently helping some friends clean up after Hurricane Irma. It was heartbreaking to go back into the same homes that had been flooded by Hurricane Matthew just last year. We removed wet drywall and soggy insulation, carried out appliances that had been floating...
Let The Little Children Come

Let The Little Children Come

Laughter, Silliness, Play, Delight, Joy- These are just a few words to describe my feelings as I hear preschoolers playing every day at church. Jesus says (in Matt 19:14) “Let the little children come to me and do not stop them for to such as these belongs the kingdom...
Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Several years ago, there was a brutal attack on a small Amish school house. Most of the country was appalled that someone would attack such peaceful people – and helpless children at that. What really surprised us was the Amish response. They simply refused to hate....
Words of Inspiration

Words of Inspiration

From the Bible, the Manufacturer’s Handbook, come these inspiring words that lift our spirits: “While (the Prodigal Son) was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20 “And the...
Windows Into Our Souls

Windows Into Our Souls

Zig Ziglar once told a story about an old man who many years ago stood on a Virginia riverbank. He was waiting to cross the river and, since it was bitterly cold and there were no bridges, he would have to catch a ride to the other side. After a lengthy wait, he...
Something We All Need

Something We All Need

There’s a Spanish story about a father and son who become estranged. The son runs away and in a last desperate attempt to reconcile with his son, the father runs an advertisement in the Madrid newspaper. The ad read, “Dear Paco, meet me at noon on Saturday in front of...
God Looks On The Heart

God Looks On The Heart

A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stoking her own cheek and then his again. Finally, she spoke up,...
Standing on the Promise

Standing on the Promise

There is an old church hymn on the theme of what God has promised which we sing often in our church. The hymn is “Standing on the Promises.” It has a martial beat to it that might be reminiscent of an infantry brigade marching across a field. The militaristic flavor...
To Forgive as We Have Been Forgiven

To Forgive as We Have Been Forgiven

The Templeton Foundation recently funded a major nationwide study on people’s attitudes toward forgiveness. It was co‑sponsored by the University of Michigan and the National Institute for Mental Health, and it was fascinating. The study found that 75% of Americans...
100 Points

100 Points

There is an old story about a man who dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates and says, “Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I give you a certain number of points...