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Parenting Without Fear

“Jeremiah, slow down… watch where you are going!” This is a phrase that I use quite often when I am out with our grandchildren. Like most kids, our grandson tends to focus on the things around him and not what is in front of him. As a parent and now grandparent, I know that children…

From Casual to Careless

Many years ago, Pastor Charles Stanley wrote a small provocative book called, “Confronting Casual Christianity.” In the book, he addresses what I think many Christians are experiencing today – a lack of commitment and passion for God and the Church. In my own experience it is usually evidenced by a lack of attendance on Sundays,…

Finding Hope in Loss

One of the things I take great pleasure in life is to take time and sit down with a good book. Now there are many different types of literature out there. You have science fiction, poetry, historical novels, sports anthologies, and even the dreaded romance novels! Now, I’ve never been one to read romance novels,…

A Chinese New Year’s Resolution

Today is Chinese New Year and this year marks the year of the monkey. Now I don’t follow the Chinese zodiac per se but the whole notion of celebrating a new year is a great opportunity for each of us to reflect on the past and dream about the future. There is a saying that…

Growing through Adversity

This past weekend, the father of one of our congregation members passed away. It brought back a lot of memories for me as I pondered when my own father passed away almost 12 years ago. Death is a part of life just as much as birth. Pain and sorrow are just as much a part…