How Many BTUs is That?

How Many BTUs is That?

“I hope there’s dessert at dinner.” “I hope it doesn’t rain today.” “I hope I find a good parking spot.” These ‘hopes’ are intro hopes, Hope 101 if you will – not bad, but inconsequential in the grand scheme of things and revealing ‘it’s all about me’ tendencies....
An ‘Ugly Duckling’ Advent Tale

An ‘Ugly Duckling’ Advent Tale

Do you ever say something and, afterward, wonder where that thought came from? Well, just the other day in conversation I heard myself say, “We live in glorious mystery.” I’ve since been pondering this tidbit to determine if it is worth passing along to you and have...
Stopping to Look Fear in the Face

Stopping to Look Fear in the Face

Eleanor Roosevelt is credited with the dictum, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Her actual quote is: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” Thank you, Eleanor Roosevelt! Turns out,...
Thankful Beyond Understanding

Thankful Beyond Understanding

A Note from Pastor DON Below is a prayer for this day, written by Ted Loder in his book of compiled prayers: My Heart in my Mouth. Please read it only when you have a quiet moment to savor his creative phrasing, letting the full impact splash down into your soul,...
Thankfulness

Thankfulness

Like tripping over the dog’s chewie toy in the dark, like falling off a log, like skittering drunkenly across the ice, it’s so easy to not be thankful: The glass is half-empty. It always rains on my parade. There was only decaf this morning. The AC isn’t working....
Epic is an Understatement!

Epic is an Understatement!

If you’re reading this (and I guess it’s pretty safe to assume you are) you are someone I hold in my heart, someone I love, someone for whom I pray, desiring you be gob-smacked by God’s revealed heart. Do you receive that? Do you believe that? Will the knowing that...
My Finale, His Début

My Finale, His Début

In the summer of 1988, I toured as keyboardist with Celebrant Singers, a Christian music group out of California. We had a two-week intensive rehearsal camp before hitting the road, which, for our group, included traversing the US from Northern California to Southern...
What are the Chances?

What are the Chances?

0.99%. I calculated it. That’s the meagre percentage of my life spent in this season of COVID. Not even 1%! In other, more astounding calculations, I found 82.9% of my days have been taken up with the Holy Spirit’s attempts to grow me up into a disciple of Jesus....
Can We Get Better Light in Here?

Can We Get Better Light in Here?

No honeymoon since theirs has ever compared in beauty and pleasure and simplicity and freedom. The entire garden was an idyllic, private retreat for them to enjoy and explore and in which to luxuriate. Edenic, wedded bliss! Then came the day of the snake, wrenching...
Inside Christmas

Inside Christmas

It was a great-sounding idea. Well, of course, all my reckless, youthful ideas seemed like the best thing ever, so why was this one any different? This brilliant scheme would have me bringing the church choir I was directing at the time, into the regional...

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