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Summer Giving Made Easier

Even though summer doesn’t officially arrive until June, Memorial weekend kicks off the summer season for most of us! With that comes well-earned vacations, lots of ball games or maybe time at the pool. In the church world that generally also means more people are physically absent from church. In order to keep your spiritual…

Heroes in Training

Q. What do all superheroes have in common? A. They fight for good. Just like a superhero has to make that choice to use their gifts for good, we are also heroes in training. We are to focus on using our strengths and great gifts for the good of God’s Kingdom. But just like Kryptonite…

Dry Ground

A while back I wrote about the plethora of worms on our church parking lot after the rain. Not long after, I arrived to work, opened the vehicle door and dried, icky looking worms were stuck to the pavement. Dehydrated worms must not be as sweet as dehydrated fruit, because no birds were flocking to…

Bethany Fellows

This past week I was able to step away from the office and attend a Continuing education/Spiritual retreat for young ministers throughout the United States. It’s called Bethany Fellows, and it is so wonderfully good for me and my soul. You can go to www.bethanyfellows.org for more information about it, and even contribute to this…

Out of Place…

As I walked across the parking lot, something was different and strange – worms! Easily hundreds of worms were wriggling across the cement. Where did they come from? And why would they choose to head across the vastness of the parking lot? Sound familiar? We head down paths that lead us into struggle, destination unknown.…

Freedom

The meal that became “the Last Supper” for Jesus, the Gospel of Mark says, was to be a Passover meal. The Passover celebration is to be a reminder that God’s people were freed from slavery. At Passover the people have said for generations, “Why is this night different than other nights?” And the response is…

The Power of Easter

It must almost be Easter! We go from beautiful spring days to snow and back to the 60’s again. Yes, that’s spring in Iowa. And with spring comes Easter! Easter lilies will beautify the sanctuary Easter weekend. The lily symbolizes life, purity, hope and the spiritual meaning of Easter; while the cross reminds us of…

Camp Memories

Everyone that has been to camp has a memory that sticks with them. When I was in grade school, the camp I attended had a rule that if you got three letters in one day you had to climb a ladder and kiss the moose head. I was always thankful my letters were spread out…