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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…

Wonder

Last week a friend let me borrow a book, though apparently it’s already been sitting on my shelf for years. I may have too many books. It’s a book called Dangerous Wonder. And it’s about the value of childlike faith. And it is of value, without a doubt. A mother and her little boy were…

Kids Are Us!

Occasionally, I’ll hear someone say the church needs to make children and youth a priority because “they are the church of tomorrow.” Of course, that’s true, but it misses the fact that they’re also the church of today! In a time when young people often grow up disconnected from older generations, I’m proud to be…

Easter Joy

I love Easter because it reminds me, every year, of why my faith is so important to me. One might think that re-reading and retelling the same story over and over again might get tiresome at some point, but it never does. The story of Jesus’ resurrection and his victory over death is Good News…

Ordinary Donkeys

With Palm Sunday just days away, I thought I’d share with you again a parable about the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem so long ago. The story goes that on the day after Jesus’ triumphal entry, the donkey awakened, still excited about the day before. He went into town and found some people near…

Oyster People

During the ministry of John Wesley (founder of the Methodist Church), many churches were led by lay preachers with limited education. On one occasion, one of these simple preachers was called on to preach from Luke 19:21, which reads in the King James, “Lord, I feared thee, because thou art an austere man.” Not knowing…