By Joel A. Hess - He noted that first came the date of her birth And spoke of the following date with tears, But he said what mattered most of all Was the dash between those years. - Linda Ellis Sadly, you have probably already heard of this sad poem. Worse, I have heard this read at … Continue reading Dashes into Ashes
By Paul Koch - This week our congregation hosted Vacation Bible School. It was a week of songs, food, and fun as together we shared God’s great story of promise and salvation with the children that gathered here. Now, there are a lot of reasons why a church might choose to hold or not hold … Continue reading God’s Gracious Surprise
By Joel A. Hess - Everybody loves “forgiveness!” Who would disagree with the importance and blessing of forgiveness? Sure, Christianity emphasizes it probably more than any other religion or philosophy, but it would be foolish to conclude it enjoys a monopoly on mercy. As I was preparing for last week’s sermon, I thought I would … Continue reading Forgiving is for Giving
By Paul Koch - Have you ever felt like you were all alone? Not simply being alone physically, but alone in your thoughts and feelings? Have you ever felt like you were alone, even when living and moving in the midst of many other people, because no one understands your thoughts, worries, passions and desires? … Continue reading Alone Together
By Scott Keith - I am going to a baptism today! Today little Viveca will be made a child of our good and gracious heavenly Father. She will pass from death to life. I always hope that the babies scream when the water is poured over their head in baptism; for that is the moment of … Continue reading I am Baptized Into Christ!