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Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving

If you awakened in the morning and had only that which you had thanked God for the night before …. what would you have ? Sometimes we become so focused on what we don’t have that we lose sight of what we do have and how God truly has blessed us....

 

Comfort for God's People

Isaiah 40:1-10 40:1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all...

 

The Logic of Love and Hate

Jesus began His ministry with a sermon about being a citizen of the kingdom of God and having the attribute of Divine love. “Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.’ But I say unto you, love...

 

Are You Weary

Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus states come to me ALL who are weary and burdened, and i will give you rest. In todays world its easy to become weary and burdened, with everything going on around us. In 1 Peter 5:7 we are told to cast all our cares /anxiety o...

 

Just Read It

The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, once said, “I want to know one thing, the way to heaven – how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way: for this very end He came from heaven. He has written it down...

 

Ishmael – Building Relationships Strong Enough to Hold the Gospel

Submitted by Kelly J. Huenink Ishmael was 86 years old when I met him. He was a practicing Muslim and the person in his village who prepared and slaughtered animals for Islamic rituals. He came to a...

 

A Way of Seeing

A central visual symbol in almost every Lutheran worship space is the cross. This cruel instrument of torture and death was reserved for rebellious slaves, violent criminals, and threatening criminal subversives. We see the Cross as a central symbol...

 

The Strength of My Soul

Recently, I had the privilege of visiting my daughter’s church and hearing their Praise Group sing the song, “Your Love Defends Me” by Matt Maher. I left that church with the lyrics going over and over in my mind. The Gospel set to music gets d...

 

The Universality of the Lord's Prayer

The most popular prayer that human societies have ever uttered during the past twenty centuries is undoubtedly the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples, ‘Our Father’, which is otherwise called ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. Anyone going to the...

 

'To Tap, or Not to Tap' ?

How many of you recognize these infamous people: Chuck (the iceman) Liddel; Carlos (the natural born killer) Condit; Tito (the bad boy) Ortiz; Keith (the dean of mean) Jardine; Matt (the terror) Serra; Deigo (the nightmare) Sanchez; or Quinton...

 

Finding a Place

In today's world there is a lot of Fear, confusion, and anxiety, so where does one turn to find Peace of mind, focus, and rest. In John 15 the Word of GOD talks about abiding in Christ. word Abide  has several meanings, to remain, to continue in,...

 

Who is Jesus?

Have you ever tried to define Jesus? I mean, how would you tell someone else who Jesus is? Don’t be too upset if you can’t quite nail it down about who and what Jesus is to you. From the very beginning, most people couldn’t. And even today,...

 

Making Friends With an Angel

My first visit to Angel's village was awkward. I stayed with Alfred and Florence. They isolated me in the house's living room and gave me a kerosene cook stove to prepare my food. They didn't know how...

 

Proverbs 3

Perhaps you have heard it said, “sometimes, you have to look over your shoulder to see how much of the field has been plowed.” In my previous life, I worked in the welding and atmospheric gas industries. I used this analogy with my coworkers and...

 

Trust and Pray

Here we go again! Just when we thought things might be getting back to a new normal, things seem to be getting worse. Covid has raised its ugly head again, forest fires are still burning, the air is bad, flooding is still on the rampage, people are...

 

Cross My Heart Ministries

THEN - In January 2002, First United Methodist Church of Weatherford, Texas, held a women’s retreat.  More than 75 women were in attendance.  Andrea Waitley (McWhorter) at that time had presented...

 

An Age of Rage & Anger

The national news is peppered with headline stories of people losing their tempers, and committing horrific acts of violence against total strangers, fellow workers, or even more commonly, members of their own family. Due to a variety of social...

 

This is Our Time

In the Book of Esther in Chapter  Mordecai and Esther are sending messages back and forth talking about the fate of the Jewish people, and Mordecai make the statement, That maybe Esther is in the position she’s in “FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS” So...

 

The Road of Faith

One time, Sarah and I were deer hunting in the Sandhills about 30 miles south of Mullen. Our friend Tim took us out to a huge pasture and pointed out a windmill in a valley about two miles north of us. He said, “Just hunt your way straight towards...

 

'Church Guys' Researching Catholic Parishes

The Nebraska Church Guys” set out to document the history and architecture of Catholic parishes in Nebraska. Written above the door leading into Ron Sack’s den is the quote, “When a person...

 

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear...

 

Strength in Struggles

Are you having a good day? I surely hope you are! Nobody in their right mind would want to trade a good day for a bad day…….or would we?? As we look back over our lives, we can see how it was during our struggles that we were drawn closer to...

 

True Freedom Found Only in Christ

Freedom is at the heart of a lot of our country’s history and national holidays. There is Martin Luther Jr’s Day, and his, “I Have a Dream,” speech declaring freedom at last. Just a couple of weeks ago, President Biden signed into law the...

 

Forgiving

Forgiving others when they have hurt you is difficult. But holding onto the hurt, breeds anger, bitterness and revenge works it’s way in there too. In Matthew 6:9-12 is the LORD’S prayer, in the prayer it states forgive us our Debts AS WE...

 

Time for Retirement

More than 30 years ago, Doug Birky was finishing his degree at Dallas Theological Seminary when he was contacted about a church in Sidney. He was contacted after the midwest district of the...

 

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