Resolving Conflict

As we gather together this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, we begin the Holiday season that provides significant time with family and friends. For many, however, the extra time with people is not a time of celebration, but of significant stress because of unresolved conflict -- maybe even many years of it. The easy thing, the … Continue reading Resolving Conflict

The Power of the Cross

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved." 1 Corinthians 1:18 After sixteen centuries and more during which the cross has been a sacred symbol, it's difficult to realize the unspeakable horror and loathing which the very mention or … Continue reading The Power of the Cross

Kingdom of Priests

So often, especially in the US, our identity seems to get wrapped up in our possessions (homes, cars, finances, etc..) and our value is usually related to what we do (teacher, engineer, manager, etc..). But God has called us to find our worth and our purpose in our relationship with Him. He has set us apart as believers … Continue reading Kingdom of Priests

Doubt and Faith

There are days that I have doubts... There are days I question the goodness of God.... There are days I look around the world and wonder… As a believer in God, a follower of Christ, and especially, as a pastor, I’m sure some think I’m not supposed to have any doubts. But the reality is that, … Continue reading Doubt and Faith

Happily Ever After…

Every fairy tale has the same formula. It begins with, “Once upon a time...” and ends with, “they lived happily ever after.” Ask almost any person what they want out of life, and they'll most likely reply, “I just want to be happy.” As Americans, the pursuit of happiness is written into the U.S. Declaration of … Continue reading Happily Ever After…

God planned it for good

Two boys were walking along a street when they encountered a large dog blocking the sidewalk. “Don’t be afraid,” one of the boys told his more timid friend. “Look at his tail, how it wags. When a dog wags his tail he won’t bite you.” “That may be,” admitted the other, “but look at that … Continue reading God planned it for good

Forgiving Others

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." For over 20 years, Inigo Montoya (The Princess Bride, 1987) was in the revenge business. His father was a great sword-maker who worked for the king. When a six-fingered man appeared and requested a special sword, Inigo's father took the job. He … Continue reading Forgiving Others