Entries by Pastor Bill

The Love Challenge

The Love Challenge John, the apostle, in his 3 letters toward the end of our New Testament speaks about love. Different than his gospel in many ways, they are letters written to individuals or to the church at large, whatever that may have looked like at that time in history. He is the apostle that […]

Endurance with Lots of Help

Endurance with Lots of Help    The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. Can you endure to the end? Can you withstand the various trials that come your way? Can you continue to love like you have never been hurt? Can the Bible still stir your interest? Does singing to worship still move […]

Store Fronts and Basements

Store Fronts and Basements   Zechariah 4:6 (NASB) Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. We often forget that the Lord builds the house. In the Book of Acts it is said […]

Gone Home

GONE HOME 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 (NASB) “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” A few weeks ago I wrote about the near death experience of Lora. It was powerful. The joy that she had was indescribable. She did not have adequate words to […]

Hijacked

HIGHJACKED Turn off the lights. Take the decorations away. Remove Santa. Silence the music. Refrain from the pursuit of gifts for everyone. Take it to bare minimum. It is Christmas. Bare bones Christmas. What do you have? For some, there would be nothing left. Paper, tinsel, yard decorations, all gone. They would have nothing. It […]

Celebration

CELEBRATION The Holidays are wonderful and hard. They are joyous and grievous. They illicit joy and sadness. For some it is anticipation and for others, dread. Some want it to last all year and others cannot wait till it is over. And for most, it is a mix of the two extremes. Memories pile up […]

ODE TO JOY

ODE TO JOY So I have my ear buds in listening to classical music. I chose Beethoven and the first selection that played was “Ode to Joy.”Now there is an illusive item, concept, emotion. We read the joy of the Lord is my strength. To have that flowing in us seems so fleeting. We may […]

Idealism…Youth Only?

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done, on earth as in Heaven… I have lived my life with a certain idealism that has never been realized. I have striven for this illusive goal, and have missed the mark. I remember sharing my desire of what Christianity should be when I was about 25 with another […]

Vacation Lessons

Cathy and I had a very important, restful, vacation. It was important because our physical beings were being regenerated with rest and emotional rest. We both had periods of not feeling well, but we have experienced that before when it came to vacation time and we had time to shut down. Our place was right […]

HARD CHOICES

HARD CHOICES Life has hard choices. We are not always prepared for them, in fact, we usually are not prepared. Significant events can take place so fast that we hardly have time to respond with well thought out plans. Sometimes we just react. Other times we have to ponder, weigh the facts, control our emotions, […]