Last week I spent the next week in Wisconsin with family. I was in a wifi-less area for the entire week. I know what you’re thinking, “How on earth did he survive without access to the internet?” Never fear. By the grace of God, and access through my cell phone, I made it. Continue reading Worship Through Sabbath Opportunities
This past weekend, RiseFest took place in Sheldon. For those of you who may be reading this that are not from this area, RiseFest is an outdoor music festival from Friday night through Saturday night featuring concerts and speakers. It’s an event that requires a Continue reading Can We Work Together?
I certainly hope you do not tire of my blogs being about our summer lunch program, because here comes another one! Continue reading To Serve AND To Be Served
In the past few years, I have had the privilege of watching many of my students take on the role of minister in one form or another. As someone who is terrified to speak in front of groups of people, I appreciate any time one of my students voluntarily takes the stage to give a sermon. Continue reading Students as Ministers
The past week has been filled with storms – the nature type (winds, rain, hail, twirling clouds, etc.). In the midst of the storms, I could feel the very presence of God: God with me, God with us. It seems like it takes a storm for many of us to turn to God in earnest prayer. I Continue reading In God We Trust
Yesterday’s worship in our modern service was amazing. Please don’t hear that as a boastful statement. I don’t mean the band was right on, or the vocals were flawless. While the music was decent, that is not what makes for an amazing worship time. Continue reading An Emotionally Charged Spiritual Release
I was talking to a good friend earlier this week and they told me about their encounter with someone who asked them why they remained on staff at their church. I started to think about my own life. What is it that makes me stay where I am? Continue reading What Keeps You Here?
We started our Kids Summer Lunch Program this past Monday. And it is with great joy to know we are successful in our efforts this far. Continue reading Summer Lunch Kicks Off
This past Sunday, due to our pastor’s required absence, we heard from several of our church members involving their participation in overseas mission projects. I was so excited that amongst those who were asked to speak, one of my high school students included. Continue reading Students as Missionaries
I have just returned from the annual meeting of United Methodists of Iowa. It was a quick few days, and we once again had some very controversial discussions. I wish I would have had the courage to stand and remind us that when we give our lives to Jesus, and we Continue reading Finding Freedom – Giving Control to God