Praying Without Ceasing

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I come from a family of ministers.  My aunt was the equivalent of the Associate Pastor at the church she served.  She led Wednesday night prayer services.  Her husband, my Uncle Harry would often lift up the prayers each time we gathered.  He was a true prayer warrior.  Often, he would pray for 45 minutes… Continue Reading Praying Without Ceasing

Never a Chance Meeting

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Give me Jesus, give me Jesus. You can have this whole world, give me Jesus.1 This is a song I often sing when I am feeling troubled, anxious, or worried.  But I know there was a time before our Savior came to journey with us.  What did people who struggled back then sing about?  When… Continue Reading Never a Chance Meeting

An Offering and Investment

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There are some conversations that as pastors we don’t always want to have.  Sometimes, what we do as Christians, how we respond to God’s call upon our lives, and how we are transformed and transforming others is just part of who we are as God’s messengers and servants. We may not want to talk about… Continue Reading An Offering and Investment

Counting Down

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When I was a child, each of my teachers counted the days until Christmas.  There would be some kind of display on one of the boards in the classroom. Each day, a student was chosen to add or take away the card which signified that the wondrous day of our Savior’s birth was drawing closer.… Continue Reading Counting Down

Planting Seeds

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I know that we are in the midst of Autumn.  Right now, raking leaves is a daily chore for me.  My next-door neighbor has two 60 foot maple trees in their yard, and they are just now beginning to drop their leaves. Soon, snow will begin in earnest.  Even though that’s true, I am already… Continue Reading Planting Seeds

Workers Needed

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There are numerous ads that promote search engines for finding a job.  The commercials make it sound so easy.  On some websites, applicants upload their information and wait for businesses and organizations to contact them.  Other sites boast about their success rate for finding the right person, with the right skills and experience for their… Continue Reading Workers Needed

Easter is Coming

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We are about to relive the most anguishing moments in our Savior’s life.  Maundy Thursday is still the night that I wish hadn’t occurred.  The celebration of that particular Seder meal had to be bittersweet for Jesus and the disciples.  This is the night that Hebrews celebrated each year, commemorating the promise that God made… Continue Reading Easter is Coming

Six Degrees

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This is one of those theories that defy explanation.  Like many people in the latter part of the 20th century, I played a game version of the idea known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.  My friends and I would try to connect other actors to this very prolific star.  I believe the game could… Continue Reading Six Degrees

We’ve Come This Far by Faith

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It is difficult to believe that we have been living with a pandemic for an entire year now. I spent those first few days rethinking how I would spend my Sabbath day.  Before the pandemic, I often went to the movies or had lunch at Barnes and Noble, sampling a book or two while I… Continue Reading We’ve Come This Far by Faith

Ash Wednesday & Lenten Resources

Michigan Conference website Lenten Resources page is HERE Bishop Bard has also offered some recommendations for the observance of Ash Wednesday — Click here to view The Lent Kit project below and pictured was submitted by Rev. Ryan Wieland, pastor at Grandville UMC. Lent Kits will be delivered by volunteers on February 15. Each kit… Continue Reading Ash Wednesday & Lenten Resources