"Someone defiantly will pay for your sins. Will it be you or will it be Jesus." This was the sign I happened on while surfing the internet.  I thought to myself how powerful the message conveyed in such a short sentence.  For those of us who have believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior and have responded, the words are not anything we didn't already know.&... read all »
Why is it so hard to do right?
You are a being of both flesh (your body) and spirit and one is constantly at odds with the other.  Each of us is a walking, talking dichotomy. Your spirit aspires to do what is right, but your flesh demands that its appetites be satisfied.  Your soul?  Your soul is the part of you that wills which one wins. Your body is made of the... read all »
Parenting 101
Be a parent rather than a friend to your children.  They will have many friends, but you are the only mom/dad they will have to lead them to the Lord. Don’t endanger your impact in fulfilling this huge responsibility by trying to be their friend.  If it turns out that you become friends, great!  But let it happen as a matter of cou... read all »
State Constitutions
Our nation’s Declaration of Independence has no fewer than four references to the God of the Bible.  But what of individual state documents, especially their constitutions? Each of the fifty states has a constitution.  Only three states (New Hampshire, Vermont and Virginia) have no preamble to their constitutions.  Forty-five of the st... read all »
The Fruits of Righteousness
Around the celebration of Independence Day (July 4th), we need to remember that Solomon stated: “Righteousness exalts a nation” (Proverbs 14:34).  What that exalting process involves was well stated by a Chinese Proverb: “If there is righteousness in the heart there will be beauty in the character.  If there be beauty in the character, there is harmon... read all »
Thank you For Your Service
Why, even though I am a veteran, does it bother me to hear this? Perhaps my problem is that the new social practice of thanking veterans for military service subtly reveals that such service is not as normal as it once was. It was my privilege to grow up in a day when a high percentage of those in our communities were veterans of WWII or Korea. I also came to un... read all »
Fatherhood, a Top Priority with God
Generally speaking, the importance of our mother’s influence is so naturally understood, that it requires no explanation.  Appreciation for the profound impact made by our fathers, however, may not be realized at first. Perhaps this is at least partly because mothers connect us to home & hearth where we spend our early years, while fathers tend to be our ... read all »
Pray for Our Campers
This week 39 students from our congregation are going to church camp and 5 adults to help as counselors and cooks.  Some of the students are members and some are friends/family of our members.  I'd like to encourage us all to be praying for our students by name as they are at church camp this week. Some suggested things to pray about are: they grow closer to... read all »
The Devil and Deception
The world, the government, the family, the church — all have a common foe, who quite consistently goes undetected.  As a result humanity and homes are hurting, society is suffering, while chaos and conflicts darken and dampen our days!  Unless we “wake up” to the deeds of the Devil, our dreams will consistently become nightmares!! The Devil and hi... read all »
It Didn't Happen Here
It didn’t happen here, the things I should recall It was long ago and far away, and my memory is small It happened in Lexington, Princeton too and a place called Cowen’s Ford But none of it happened here, in my present comfortable world  Afloat on great Lake Erie, it happened late one morning And later in old Mexico, it set the tide a t... read all »