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Love, Simply

Love, Simply

What does love require of me? As Pastor Ken continues this new series, I have found myself asking that same question. I have been trying to see if I am honest with myself and actually loving others in such a way that it would honor Jesus. Often, I like to imagine...
On the Rock

On the Rock

My father is a carpenter by trade. Growing up he tried to teach me but I just could not get it. I had two left thumbs. However, one thing I did learn is that when you are going to build a house you must lay the foundation first. The builder digs a deep hole and fills...
Holy Spirit Climb

Holy Spirit Climb

In Israel, there’s an ancient trail up to Jerusalem which climbs above a deep precipice that the Jews call “The Valley of the Shadow of Death.” They say David had this scene in mind when he wrote Psalm 23. When walking this narrow trail, weary pilgrims going to...
Pass The Salt

Pass The Salt

Salt is a fascinating ingredient. It enhances the flavor of what it is put on. In ancient times it was also used to preserve food in that it has the ability to retard corruption. It’s a mineral composed of sodium chloride, a chemical compound that is essential...
Plow Ahead

Plow Ahead

Every follower of Jesus Christ wants to be used by God. It’s what we long for. In Luke 9:62, Jesus told us that if we look back (at our past) while we are plowing, we are not “fit for service”- literally “useful” to the plan of God. My...
Near

Near

Have you ever felt the pain of heartbreak? Or maybe the hurt of losing someone? Pain is a part of a broken and sin-filled world, and unfortunately, every human on this planet will experience it. Personally, I experienced it again when I witnessed the murder of George...
Above All Else

Above All Else

Notice the first three words of this Scripture, “above all else.” There is an emphasis being made. It’s saying, “Hey, if you’re going to do anything, you better make sure you do this!” What is it that we need to do above all else? We need to guard our...
God Moves

God Moves

His burnt, red eyes welled with tears as his head shook back and forth as if to say, “How could this be?” His weathered hands clenched firmly behind his sun-beaten neck in a weighted embrace. When water and food are not present, you either die or find it. If you do...
Pace Yourself

Pace Yourself

Whenever we start something new, we usually go into it with lots of enthusiasm and anticipation. We want to see something happen; whether it is a necessary change we need to make or an endeavor, we start to create something new. New things or new ways are exciting at...