1. Faith, Not Fear
    07 Dec, 2018
    Faith, Not Fear
    Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it.  It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."  Deuteronomy 31:7-8  I saw an article online recently about 21 challenges facing the church in the 21st Century. It was an
  2. Remembering the Source of Our Abundance
    06 Jul, 2018
    Remembering the Source of Our Abundance
    Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you. Deuteronomy 28:47-48  God's people were about to enter the Promised Land, and Moses tells the people what God says about the curses that will come upon them if they
  3. Caring for the Poor
    03 Jul, 2018
    Caring for the Poor
    If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.  Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, 'The seventh year, the year of release is near,' and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing,
  4. Teaching Our Children Diligently
    02 Jul, 2018
    Teaching Our Children Diligently
    And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 I took a brief break from writing pastoral ponderings last week for several reasons.  The main reason was our VBS was off the chain, yo!  Speaking of VBS, we had some great volunteers who spent a lot of time and energy to help around a
  5. Loving God
    01 Aug, 2017
    Loving God
    You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your