Tag: hope

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.19.2021

Growing up on a farm that produced almost all of what we ate, summertime chores were prolific. I helped plant seeds, pull weeds, pick produce and preserve fruits and vegetables from the garden and orchard. We milked the cows (not me, though), drank raw milk and used the cream to make butter and whipped cream. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.14.2021

As I meditated on Psalm 38 yesterday, my mind kept turning to the woman in John 8. Jesus is teaching in the temple courts when suddenly the religious people push through the crowd with a woman in tow. “She was caught in the act of adultery,” they say. “What should we do with her? The …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.13.2021

Elementary school is tough for children. Well, all of school can be hard for children but I remember a couple of times I struggled to send a child to school because something outside of her control occurred. First, she contracted chicken pox. It wasn’t the pox that made me want to keep her home. After …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.08.2021

Sunday, October 10, I will preach again at Maple City Chapel. I would love to have you join us online or in person if you don’t have a place to worship! As a church, we are reading through the Bible this year. Our sermon series have loosely followed the reading and right now we are …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.06.2021

Last evening a friend and I were talking and discovered an experience we hold in common. Both of us share the common experience of being cut off by someone we thought was a friend. Not just casually ignored but told with words that we are no longer considered a friend. Many times, relationships do not …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.30.2021

In the writing of Isaiah the prophet, he records the conflict between Hezekiah, the King of Judah and King Sennacherib of Assyria, the dominant world power of his day. Sennacherib sends a letter to Hezekiah that begins in this manner: 10“This message is for King Hezekiah of Judah. Don’t let your God, in whom you …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.22.2021

4He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.20.2021

Sunday morning our church had baptism. In two services, there were twelve people who said yes to Jesus and, in front of hundreds of others, took part in Christian baptism. It is a public testimony of an individual’s desire to follow Jesus. Before the baptisms, the individuals shared a brief testimony of their personal commitment …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.09.2021

As I prepared to write this post, I took a few minutes to read a friend’s Caring Bridge update. She just received her final immunotherapy treatment for the cancer she discovered last year. I celebrated with her as she shared, “IT IS FINISHED!” Today, I invite you to celebrate with me as I say, “IT …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.08.2021

September. What does that mean to you? It seems it slipped in quietly without any word or warning. It was just here. When I was growing up, it meant school started. We always had one last summer hurrah camping with family in a remote, primitive campground. No running water, electric, showers or indoor plumbing. There …