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Freedom Ramp

When we are well and life is fantastic, we take things for granted, even the smallest things. Many of you know I have a sister fighting the BIG fight, and has been for one year, four months. Every single day since Kaye has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic and liver cancer, she has had…

Jubilee is Coming!

“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” In a world that values productivity, work, and wealth above almost everything else – the command to stop working and look to God is a fairly radical thing. Eugene Peterson once wrote, “I don’t see any way out of it: If we are going to honor the Father,…

Bonfires and Illuminations!

A few years ago, Tammy and I started hosting a little family reunion at our house over the fourth of July. Just before the party our first year, I ran across a quote by John Adams about how Independence Day should be celebrated. He wrote, “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with…

Travel Choices

On the route I generally take home there is a section of the road that looks quite bumpy and holds moisture no matter the season. The temptation is to drive on the wrong side of the road, however, you also find yourself unable to see oncoming traffic. It’s extra complicated if anyone is parked along…

On Vacation this Week!

The other day I ran across a word I’d never seen before: “lifewithoutspacemakesnosense.” Of course, it didn’t take me long to realize the spaces had been left out. Add the spaces back in and you have the makings of a great sermon: “life without space makes no sense.” As we enter into the summer months,…

The River Rises

As I write this, the water in the Mississippi is rising once again. The road through Alexandria will soon be impassable – less than a week after being reopened from the last flood. One of our regular 8 a.m. service attenders, who lives in Missouri, said she’s just thankful she has an alternative route –…

Old Dogs, New Tricks

Over the years, I’ve noticed the people who are most likely to bring others with them to church are the ones who are newest to our worship and fellowship. Oftentimes, their excitement is contagious. For those of us who’ve been around for a while, however, keeping it fresh can be a little harder. It seems…

God Sees His Son in Us

Has anyone ever mentioned that you look just like your mom or have eyes like your dad, beautiful hair like your sister or you smile just like your brother? The Bible says in Genesis 1:27 that God created mankind in HIS image and likeness. God’s design of man is perfect. When God looks at us,…

God’s Reflection

A few years ago, I was leading a youth group the week before Mother’s Day – and eventually our conversation came around to moms. What I discovered was that kids still love their moms, despite how they sometimes act at home. When I asked them to finish the sentence, “Mothers are…” they said things like…