Be Merciful

Woman slapped with colored dust

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." The Golden Rule, with various adaptations, appears in the sacred writings of several religions. The version as recorded in the Gospel according to Luke, may be the most challenging to fulfill. One can readily pray for those who abuse you without anyone ever knowing.… Continue reading Be Merciful

Blessings for Life

Pastor blesses person laying in bed.

Not once in over twenty years of ministry have I been asked to provide pastoral care for someone who received a raise or promotion. On the other hand people living on the margins—those who lost a job and dependent on our food pantry for meals or who weep over a sudden illness or death of… Continue reading Blessings for Life

Follow Akela

After a long night the men had caught not one fish. Not only would they go hungry but also their family and neighbors. As they washed and dried their nets and a crowd gathered around a teacher. The crowd pressed in on on the teacher, pushing him toward the shoreline. He stepped into one of… Continue reading Follow Akela

Enough Excuses

Why did translators chose the verb "come" for when God calls a prophet? To say: "The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah" sounds as if he received a letter, an email, or a text message. Are there better words to indicate the life changing transformation he experienced? The Hebrew verb in most calls, including… Continue reading Enough Excuses

Renamed for Service

Has your name ever changed? Or at least what people called you? Perhaps you had a nickname that only your closest friends knew. For much of my life my family, friends, and co-workers called me Bob. It was a name I had once preferred and responded to. But when I was hired by a small… Continue reading Renamed for Service

Working for God

Have you ever gotten a project off to what you had assessed was a good start only to discover a major problem and that addressing that problem would require scrapping nearly everything you had done and starting over? This is the essence of the story of Noah and the flood. A few chapters earlier God… Continue reading Working for God

For Tweens

Summer Nights Words and Deeds Movies, service, sharing,challenges, and FUN Fridays July 7, 14, 21, 28 6:30-9 PM Register with Susan or call the church office 813-988-3514 We will explore how God’s Word influences our daily actions.  Each Summer Night will focus on different words from the Bible that ask us to contribute to God’s kingdom here… Continue reading For Tweens

Committed to Service – Sunday

“So which one is greater, the one who is seated at the table or the one who serves at the table? Isn’t it the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:27) When Jesus gathered with his disciples for the Passover meal, an argument arose… Continue reading Committed to Service – Sunday

Committed to Service – Saturday

“‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’” (Matthew 25:40b) For followers of Jesus, feeding the hungry, providing drink to the thirsty, comforting the sick, visiting the prisoner, and welcoming the stranger are not optional. They are… Continue reading Committed to Service – Saturday

Committed to Service – Friday

“Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant.” (Mark 10:43) This saying of Jesus might be the most counterintuitive statement ever uttered, and it continues to turn the world upside down. Jesus says that true greatness is found among those who are willing to humble themselves and serve. This statement goes against every… Continue reading Committed to Service – Friday