Pastor Note #63 — Mission Field America

Recently, I read about a church that had a sign at the exit from its parking lot, a sign that people read as they were leaving the church. The sign said, “You are now entering the mission field.” It’s a bracing thought and one that is more and more obviously true in North America. American … Continue reading

Prayer Note #54 — Seeking My True Self in God

SEEKING MY TRUE SELF IN GOD My Father, my Lord, my Redeemer: I love you. I love you for who you are. I see in you the very essence of all that is worthy of my worship, the very foundation of all that is good and worthy of desiring. To desire you, long for you, … Continue reading

Sermon #55 — The Victor’s Battle Cry and our Easter Victory Gift

AN AUDIO SERMON [see link below] By rising from the dead — raising us up with him — Jesus Christ has won the great victory and has, thus, restored to us our eternal significance which death had stripped us of. Death is a powerful and ever-present reality for human beings.  And for us death doesn’t … Continue reading

Prayer Note #44 — Longings

    Lord Jesus, you are King and Lord.  There is life nowhere except in you.  Apart from you is the abyss, the nightmare, the acid fog that corrodes my flesh and my spirit and my life itself. In you, Good Savior, is freshness.  In you is soothing sunshine and richness and life overflowing.  In … Continue reading

Pastor Note #45 — Living in Time, Living with God: Part 1–Introduction

  Living in Time, Living with God             I do not have a good natural sense of the passage of time.  Some people are very good at estimating how long an activity will take to complete.  Some folks almost never lose track of how much time has passed between when they sit down to work … Continue reading

Prayer Note #31 — For the Day’s Living and Working

My Lord, I want to devote everything I do today to your service to the advance of your kingdom.  I don’t want merely to go through the motions, to get to the end of the day having checked off everything on my “to do” list but having done it in my sleep with no thought … Continue reading

Pastor Note #23 — Marking Time

Seasons come and go, cycling from one to the next.  Our calendars turn from one year to the next.  Time passes along, steadily, inescapably, unavoidably, relentlessly. Recently, I was sitting in the dental chair waiting for my dentist to finish with another patient across the room.  The dentist was saying something to that patient about … Continue reading

Pastor Note #21 — The Meaning of Money, the Power of Giving

  I do not think I exaggerate when I say that some of us put our offering in the plate with a kind of triumphant bounce as much as to say, “There–now God will feel better!” . . . I am obliged to tell you that God does not need anything you have.  He does … Continue reading

Bible Note #5 — Deuteronomy 13:1-5

Deuteronomy 13 1 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship … Continue reading

Prayer Notes #10 — Knowing and Doing

A Prayer about Knowing and Doing Father of my life, Shepherd of my soul, you have made me, and you know the purposes you have for me in this troubled life.  Raise me above the troubles and struggles, so that I may see the purpose you have for me. I won’t pretend that it is … Continue reading