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August 24, 2020

There are so many things in our lives that make or mold us into who we are.  One of those things in my life came early on.  I am not sure how old I was, maybe in 8th grade or a Freshmen.  I had worked on our Maple Syrup Farm, both of my Grandpa’s farms and also worked for an Aunt and an Uncle.  One day I went to one of my grandpa’s neighbor with my dad and grandpa to unload logs and get them cut into lumber.  I pitched in and helped, and I was fascinated by the sawmill and how the logs were cut into boards.  We eventually left and a few days later, my dad came home and said that he needed to talk to me.  Of course, I thought I was in trouble, but it was the exact opposite.  Grandpa’s neighbor had talked to Grandpa, Grandpa had talked to Dad, and now Dad was going to tell me.  He said that Mr. Joe had heard I was a good worker and then witnessed it when we had brought the logs to be cut.  He wanted to ... Read More »

August 22, 2020

On Sabbatical Today but will be back tomorrow: Open my eyes, God, and show me what lives forever. What will survive when all is said and done – when the end appears? What has eternal value? “Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” Stones and buildings do not have eternal permanence. But there is a temple that when destroyed is raised up again in three days. How wonderful it is when our bodies are restored, built up again, by your power and presence, God. When war, hatred, strife, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, famines, pandemics destroy life and shatter all hopes, your divine purpose still remains. In the end, neither evil nor the might of the nations will prevail. You will judge all things, destroy what makes for rubbish, and save what makes for eternal life. Amen. Praying y’all have a restful evening and an awesome and blessed day. God bless and God’s got this! Read More »

August 21, 2020

I’ve been beaten more times than I can count. I’ve faced death many times. I received the “forty lashes minus one” from the Jews five times. I was beaten with rods three times. I was stoned once. I was shipwrecked three times…. I faced these dangers with hard work and heavy labor, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, and in the cold without enough clothes. (2 Corinthians 11:23c -27) Wow. And I thought I had it bad and we think today we have it bad. Suffering today seems almost minimal to what the early Christians experienced. However, anyone that goes through suffering knows there is pain and hurt and hopelessness and it is personal so that makes it feel worse, like we are the only one going through it. How is the best way to handle our suffering? “Following the day of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the disciples kept preaching on the streets and at the temple. Thousands came to believe that Jesus was, in fact, the Messiah of God. this didn’t go unnoticed by the religious leaders, the same ones who’d had ... Read More »

August 20, 2020

What do you see through your eyes?  Is the glass half empty or is it half full?  I have been critical, and I have been criticized.  I understand constructive criticism because that is the way we can learn and grow and be a better person.  But criticism is no longer constructive when it becomes pure meanness and hateful.  Along with our critical world is the negativity that goes with it.  It truly has become a cruel, cruel world. “I read a story about an art critic standing in a gallery, staring at a painting of Mary holding the infant Jesus on her lap.  In his book The Vision and the Vow, Pete Greig described the way the critic admired the painter’s skill but somehow found the proportions all wrong. The critic wasn’t the first to criticize the painting, but as he stared, he had a revelation.  What if the painting had never been intended to hang in a gallery but in a place of prayer?  The critic dropped to his knees and suddenly saw what generations of art critics had missed.  The picture finally made sense, everything in perfect proportion. ... Read More »

August 19, 2020

There have been so many times when I thought God was not there, but in hindsight, God was there.  There have been times when I wanted to give up, and even did, but God did not.  There have been times when I ran away but God didn’t.  I didn’t think God could love a drug user, but God did.  I didn’t think God could love someone who abused alcohol, but God did.  In painful times God was there.  Always.  There. “It reaches both day and night whether we are standing on the shore or not. The water reaches with a relentless state, never giving up on us, even if our fear drives us to run.  This is how God loves us.  Relentlessly.  Like the waves of the ocean.  The best marriages teach this in a small way.  It seems that only moments had passed between our saying our vows on a rainy Saturday afternoon to us celebrating our ten-year anniversary in Paris.  While walking around that beautiful city and reflecting on a decade of love, I remembered the many times when Lia hadn’t given up on me.  When she kept ... Read More »

August 18, 2020

My Grandpa had a good friend who I, at the time, thought was kind of an odd person because of something he did.  We were helping on his farm at harvest time and at the end of the day the women had a large, wonderful meal ready for all the folks that helped in the field.  (Words just cannot adequately describe how wonderful this meal was… maybe beyond heavenly .)  Grandpa’s friend blessed the meal and then he did something that, if I had done it, would have gotten a good whoopin!  What did he do?  He ate his dessert first! “The sound of Martha’s voice on the other end of the telephone always brought a smile to Brother Jim’s face.  She was not only one of the oldest members of the congregation, but one of the most faithful.  Aunt Martie, as all the children called her, just seemed to ooze faith, hope and love wherever she went.  This time, however, there seemed to be an unusual tone to her words.  ‘Preacher, could you stop by this afternoon?  I need to talk with you.’  ‘Of course, I’ll be there around three.  ... Read More »

August 17, 2020

Have you heard the idiom: “It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread?”  Sliced bread was first introduced in 1928 by Otto Frederick Rohwedder from Davenport, Iowa, who invented the first loaf-at-a-time bread slicing machine.  The first record of the idiom is thought to be in 1952, where the famous comedian Red Skelton said in an interview with the Salisbury Times: “Don’t worry about television.  It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread”.  The idiom “Greatest thing since sliced bread” means that something is the best and most useful innovation or development invented for a long time. “I had been to Costa Rica numerous times either on a workteam or leading a workteam.  Over the years, the Costa Rican folks we worked with knew that I loved to fish.  We were working one day and at lunch they told me that a couple of them were going to take me fishing the next afternoon.  I was so excited I could barely sleep that night.  The next afternoon we walked down to the Rio Sarapiqui and we fished.  All my fancy poles back home and here I fished with a long sapling, fishing ... Read More »

August 16, 2020

Yesterday, I officiated a wedding and, in the ceremony, I talked to the couple and those gathered about putting God first in our relationships.  Today I preached about instead of saying and doing “Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures”, we should say and do “Desperate Times Call for Jesus.”  Why don’t we do that?  I believe it has to do a lot with control and letting go. “The first police officer reaches under the one-ton bale of hay and attempts to lift it off of me. Of course, it doesn’t budge. He grabs his flashlight and shines it under the hay into my face. I blink. He yells over his shoulder to his partner, “He’s alive! He’s alive! Help me move the hay.”  Even working together two officers can’t move it – not a fraction of an inch.  A thousand pounds each? Of course, they can’t move it.  “Cut the strings,” I whisper. My voice is weak. They can’t hear me. I am not going to last much longer. If they will just cut the strings, the bale will break apart, and they can drag me out of here.  “Lift, ... Read More »

August 15, 2020

On Sabbatical Today but will be back tomorrow:  God is the shepherd of my life and all my ways.  God, you feed and lead us.  You restore and renew us.  You watch over us and wake us up to new life each morning.  You walk with us.  You prepare for us the cup of wholeness and the path of life.  I will bless you.  I will keep you before me always.  I will be glad and rejoice in you.  I will delight in all your pleasures.  I will know the fullness of the joy you give to all the faithful ones who live with one another as you live with us.  We shall not be moved from this path of life.  Amen. Read More »

August 14, 2020

I heard an oldie but a goodie the other day on Willie’s Roadhouse: “You Can’t Be A Beacon (If Your Light Don’t Shine)” by Donna Fargo.  I had not heard the song in ages, but it is a song that gets your heart pumping, toes tapping and fingers drumming.  In other words, it gets you moving!  “You can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine, You can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine, There’s a little light in all of us by God’s design, But you can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine.” “Luke tells us, ‘After his suffering, he showed them that he was alive with many convincing proofs.  He appeared to them over a period of forty days, speaking to them over a period of forty days, speaking to them about God’s kingdom’ (Acts 1:3).  At the end of these forty days, Jesus gave them what Christians call the ‘Great Commission.’  Each of the four Gospels, as well as the Acts of the Apostles, records some version of this commission.  These five accounts of the commission have much in common.  The church has ... Read More »

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