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It has been a tumultuous year so far. Impeachment & political tensions COVID-19 & quarantine Massive layoffs  & economy concerns Distance learning & uncertainty about the fall Injustice & protests As I write this, my blog won't be published for another week or so.   I always wonder what will be...

At a recent birthday party, the birthday boy blew out his candles and made a wish. Not knowing that you are not “supposed” to share the birthday wish out loud, he said that his wish was for peace on earth. At the church my parents used...

"All things are possible to those who believe." Mark 9:23 In December I was shopping for Christmas presents for some wonderful Christian sisters.  I was struggling to find anything that seemed right.  As I was browsing, I came across mugs with Mark 9:23 on them.  Was it the right gift?  Was...

God’s goal in saving us is total transformation. He is not interested in incremental improvement, changing a few habits or smoothing off a few rough edges. God’s plan for us is total annihilation of our fallen nature and complete restoration of body, mind, and spirit...

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."  Matthew 18:21-22 It can be hard to forgive.  We stack up...

As Pastor Dave often reminded us, the Bible is two stories. First, it’s God’s story—who He is; what He’s like; how He works in human affairs to name a few of its themes. It’s also our story—who we are; what we’re like; how we can...

I tend to be fairly practical about my faith in God. I don’t notice many signs or dramatic encounters with God. However, in recent months I’ve had two very tangible ways that I experienced the presence of God during times of difficulty. The past few...