Buckle Up

Many churches have a suit of armor for children to wear. Frequently this costume is used for a Bible school skit. In many cases this costume may have once taught Ephesians 6:10-20, an illustration to remind people to use all of the gifts that God has given us. Put on the whole armor of God,… Continue reading Buckle Up

Live to Love

After the first Star Wars movies came out, whenever Alec Guinness appeared in public, people expected him to look, sound, and behave like the role he played in those movies. His fans had a hard time separating the person of Sir Alec Guinness from the fictional character, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Letter to the Ephesians urges Christians… Continue reading Live to Love

Finding Center

We live in a world constantly blown to and fro by varying opinions often backed by strong emotions. Our political leaders walk-back what they had said so frequently, sometimes even re-clarifying what had been restated a day earlier. Leaving many people to wonder what really is truth. The early church had similar problems: We must… Continue reading Finding Center

From the World’s Foundation

"When were you saved?" This question seeks a specific date, time, and place when the one took action to respond to God's grace, perhaps with a specific prayer. But the Letter to the Ephesians has a very different answer: just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should… Continue reading From the World’s Foundation

Powerful Faith

Sermon Notes for May 13, 2018 We have a small night light, hidden under a bench, that lights our hall. That small light keeps me from stubbing my toe after shutting off the other lights on my way to bed. The power behind that light is sufficient to light up an entire football stadium changing… Continue reading Powerful Faith

Unity

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This Sunday six people will step forward to be installed as Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Church and for the Church of Jesus Christ wherever it is found. Three of them will do so for the first time. This is both a great honor and a great responsibility. Woodrow Wilson, after serving as the President… Continue reading Unity

We Believe

Throughout history creeds have been used to define a community of faith. These statements are usually developed and affirmed by representatives of each of the various factions within a community to affirm core beliefs that would bind them together. The Nicene Creed is the earliest example of this process within the Christian Church. After Emperor… Continue reading We Believe

Committed to Service – Sunday

Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives. (Ephesians 2:10) Our passage today declares that we are “created in Christ Jesus to do good things.” We have been called for a purpose! We are called… Continue reading Committed to Service – Sunday

Ready or Not

Font and Pulpit

If temptation were like a lion roaring in the jungle, one might turn and run the other way. But temptation is more like a tiny snake, hiding among the path were one might walk, able to slip through the narrowest crack, then inject its poison before one might react. A thousand years or more ago… Continue reading Ready or Not

Reflections

In the early 1980's Chrysler Corporation nearly went bankrupt their stock price had dropped from about $8 per share to under $2. Lee Iacocca, became their CEO and personally appeared in advertisements promising to rebuild Chrysler. I had considered buying a few hundred shares during those dark weeks for Chrysler, when bankruptcy seemed more certain… Continue reading Reflections