Tag: love

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.31.2020

Yesterday our sermon was the second in a series entitled, “Talking Points.” The series addresses the difficult subject of politics and religion. Really! Doesn’t every family have a few topics they quietly agree to not talk about and the top two have to be religion and politics, right?! Well, Senior Pastor Jay Shetler is bursting …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.27.2020

It is said that truth is truth no matter where you find it. On my flights home yesterday, I read a novel and it contained these wise words. “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” I find that to be true. I have worked tirelessly to make friends with myself. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.24.2020

Sunday morning my sister and I decided to do a short hike in the early morning hours. Okay, so it was 7:30. That seemed early! The hike we selected was not long, but was said to be quite steep in places, so we decided to take two cars and park one at the top and …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.30.2020

In 1942, Robert Emmett Winsett wrote a song entitled “Jesus is Coming Soon.” (You can click on the link to hear the Oakridge Boys 2005 version of the song from their album “Common Thread.”) The song won a Dove award at the first GMA Dove Awards in 1969 for Gospel Song of the Year. Since …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.20.2020

I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and before the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. Martin Luther King, August …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.13.2020

As I listened to this song I was arrested by this lyric “…fully known and loved by you. You won’t let go no matter what I do. And it’s not one or the other – it’s all truth and ridiculous grace to be known, fully known and loved by you.” What does ridiculous grace mean …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.04.2020

This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach…I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. — God through Moses Deuteronomy 30:11, 16 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.03.2020

The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does. The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. Psalm 145:13-14 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.01.2020

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:35-36 God …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.25.2020

When I was a child, I hid activities I didn’t want my parents – and older siblings – to know. I could excuse the behavior because it wasn’t breaking one of the BIG TEN. There were other things I did I wanted my parents to see and applaud me for doing. If I worked harder …