Are You The Watchman or Hired Help?

The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. John 10:2-3, 12 […]

If You Give a Man A Blanket…

If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you?…Lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great. Luke 6:34-35 (NIV) For the past several years during winter months, our church has hosted a homeless ministry referred to as “the warming station”. (COVID […]

Because of COVID: Giving Thanks

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love. Psalm 107:1, 8, 15, 21, 31 “Because of COVID…” Well, that’s certainly the statement of the year, isn’t it? And it could pester us again at the end of 2021 and […]

Do You See What I See?

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 “It’s right over there. You can’t miss it.” Maybe it’s just me, but each time someone offers this familiar phrase, I wince. Though it’s typically […]

Jesus’s Arrival: It Was Just As They Had Been Told.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:20 Not sure when I came to believe it was wrong to reference traditional Christmas scriptures when it wasn’t Christmas. So, here’s to breaking free from my own rule. (For […]