The Gratitude Jar

The Gratitude Jar

The other day someone in my household dropped some marbles in a glass dish. That sound caught me off guard. Immediately my mind was taken back many years to one of the wonderful small churches I pastored in Indiana. Each Sunday, near the altar, was a very large glass...
A Crust of Encouragement

A Crust of Encouragement

In the sixth chapter of John’s gospel, the story is shared of 5,000 hungry men who were fed by a boy’s  loaves and fishes. Many years ago, I read a bible commentary in which the author thought perhaps this was a miracle, but not in the way we usually think of one. He...
The Power of One

The Power of One

Most of us have seen the advertisements on TV for ASCPA, the organization that helps dogs and other animals. The ad shows several dogs, in cages or staked to the ground, usually shaking, looking worn and forlorn. What you might not have noticed is that the ad shows...
Match Making

Match Making

From time to time a child of God will give an extra gift to the ministry of your church. Perhaps they sold some stock, or hit oil in the back yard, or realized how blessed they are in this life. God moves them to make a nice sized contribution. They may be thinking of...
Can I get a Witness?

Can I get a Witness?

Years ago, I was preaching and decided to share about a person who was blessed, and transformed, by one of our church’s ministries. Since this person was part of the congregation, I did not use their name or offer too many personal details, at their request. As you...
True Religion Goes Bankrupt

True Religion Goes Bankrupt

As all of us are aware, the economy is a prime casualty of the Corona virus crisis. Less money, and less confidence in having it, has caused people to pull in their horns. As a result, spending gets consolidated and prioritized. Add in the shift to online purchasing...