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Friend to Friend

Our pastors' reflections on the spiritual life, on the life of our church community, and on our lives in general...

Letting Go, Letting God

Once AGAIN I looked in the mirror and realized I had put on a lot of extra weight. Once AGAIN I don’t feel as mentally...


God Is For Us

While praying and studying scripture for our Fall study, I was struck by the completeness of Paul’s message in Romans...


No Surprise!!!

A few weeks ago, I was speaking to another teacher about the increasing struggles she had experienced over the last 3...


That's What Friends Are For

When I was very young, maybe 3 - 5 years old, my mom was my best friend. She spent hours reading to me, taking me on...


A Whole New Outfit

As a teacher I experienced frequent leadership changes. Getting a new school leader with new ideas that would call us...


It's Complicated

When I was around 15 and home alone, I decided to surprise my parents and get the yard mowed while they were gone. As...


Basic Instinct

Every time I arrive home after dark, my dogs leap off the front porch with bristled hair. They bark frantically and...


April Showers Bring May Flowers

As I age, I reflect frequently on the life lessons my parents taught me. Many of the lessons that my mom taught were...


Kindness Matters

My post is very simple this week. I cannot express it any more clearly than Paul does in Ephesians 4:32. Each of us...


Just Do You

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” I Cor. 12:27 “JUST DO YOU” is a popular...


Rejoice in the Lord Always!

We have been studying the book of Philippians the last couple of months on Sunday mornings. This month we will...


Please Watch Your Step

Playing a child’s game of tag in the cover of night is a dream come true for every 16 year old boy. My confidence had...


Life Is a Journey

I stumbled across this early in the week. I wanted to share it with you on the blog today. There is much said in this...


Fear

When you are gripped with fear, do you come out fighting, or are you motivated to change direction? I’ve been an avid...


P.P.E.

I am a 100% type “A” personality. I desperately try to hide it with a friendly demeanor, a warm smile, and even some...


Putting Down Roots

“May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love” Ephesians 3:17b (TLB) By some standards, Linda...


Freshen Up

It’s tax time! This is the time of year I find myself needing to file a document or piece of information into a place...


Just Plain Tired

Have you ever been tired...really tired? I am talking about the kind of tired you feel when you just can’t find space...


Resolved

I’ve never been one to go all out on a resolution for the new year. I can’t really point to a good reason. It may be...


Happy New Year!

Hope of a new season and celebration of Jesus’ birth lead us to Isaiah 9. Isaiah is expressing THE TRUE HOPE that will...


Growing in Knowledge and Insight

“My prayer for you is that you will overflow more and more with love for others, and at the same time keep on growing...


Responding to God

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”...


Being Thankful and Trusting God During Difficult Times

November is the traditional month for being thankful in the USA, mainly due to harvesting of crops. If you live in...


Did You See God Yesterday?

I saw God yesterday, not in the grand perspective of things, but in the little things that so often go unnoticed. I...


Wildlife Lessons From My Porches

I live in New Castle, Indiana, and am blessed to have a house with an eastern facing front porch and a western facing...


Respect

I don’t know about you but the older I get the more friends I have. I am so fortunate to have traveled quite a bit and...


What Are You Tethered To?

Did you ever play tetherball when you were a kid? It was the one sport that I was fairly good at winning occasionally....


What Is Essential?

I keep hearing the term “essential service” being used a lot during this time of worry about Covid-19. I often wonder...


God's Plans Are Best

May is a wonderful month of celebrating spring, Mother’s Day, nurses and teachers. I feel like God nurtures us by...


Palm Sunday Message

SCRIPTURE READING FOR TODAY – Mark 11:1-11 (NIV) Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 11 As they approached Jerusalem...


Always Keeping Our Eyes on the Lord!

"I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:8 (NIV) The six weeks...


New Every Morning!

“It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning:...


New Life is Nearby

It is only nine miles away. Nine miles goes by quickly if you are on a highway and driving 65 miles per hour. It goes...


Transformed By Jesus

“To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily” Colossians 1:29 Over the...


Walking with Jesus

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5 (NRSV) Last Sunday, the Holy Spirit led our...


The Right Time

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”   Ecclesiastes 3:1...


"Breath of Heaven"

Cathy Harris sang this song, “Breath of Heaven,” today – the first Sunday after Easter.  Generally, this song is...


Once Upon a Time...

When our kids were little, I used to tell them stories at bedtime.


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