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Focus on Others

 

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  Practice…

Advice from the Sixteen Century

One of the songs we sometimes sing at Kenwood contains the lines, “Ancient words, ever true, touching me, touching you.” Aside from the “touching” part (haha!), I do believe that ancient words are often the best. Coming from outside our present moment, they offer the perspective we need. Our culture has flattened and reduced our image of God to fit our own desires. But, these days drive us to ask…

God Uses Us in Times of Turmoil and Uncertainty

As I was preparing for leading prayer in last Sunday’s worship service, the account of Joseph in Genesis 37-50 kept coming to mind. Joseph faced numerous trials and mistreatment from his brothers, his employer, and his supposed friends. 

In Chapter 37, Joseph’s brothers conspire against him. He first was confined in a cistern and didn’t know what was happening. Then, his brothers lift him…

Spread Hope Not Germs

I keep hearing from people around the stores and even on the news – the catchphrase “New Normal.” Let’s be nice to ourselves and take that expectation of “normal” out of our vocabulary for now. We do not need to have unrealistic expectations of normal during the pandemic. If your household is anything like mine – we never really fit the “normal” category before COVID-19, and we certainly do not…

Not by Bread Alone

Includes directions on how to download and use the Dwell App, an Audio Bible Apple which is currently free

Victory during Uncertainty

One of my favorite worship songs recently has been “See a Victory” by Elevation Worship.  The songs starts out “The weapon may be formed, but it won't prosper.  When the darkness falls, it won't prevail.  'Cause the God I serve knows only how to triumph.  My God will never fail.  Oh, my God will never fail.  I'm gonna see a victory.  I'm gonna see a victory.  For the battle belongs to You, Lord.” …

Let's start with small steps.

Many people may have been asking “Where is God? Why is this happening?” The recent spread of the virus has been impacting everyone in the world. We are adjusting to the new normal of self-quarantining and social distancing. Children are learning to study remotely, and many local businesses are trying to find a way to survive. We don’t find a clear answer to the “why” question. As Isaiah says, “For…

You've Got This!

“Oh Lord, why?  When…

Endurance Produces Character

My oldest son, Luke, is an avid soccer player.  He plays for a select team and is just starting conditioning with the high school soccer team he will try out for this summer

For Such a Time as This

It was a one mile drive to church growing up, but it took an hour to get there. My dad would stop and talk to the man selling newspapers on the corner. They laughed and joked for several minutes together. Next, we went to the SEM food pantry to encourage the workers and help stock shelves. Then, we stopped at our local Krispy Kreme to box leftover donuts for between church services. We might even…

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.