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Psalm 81:1, Psalm 81:10-16.

If we allow that the summons to praise (Psalm 81:1) is a call to celebrate the kingship of the LORD, it is because He, and He alone, is God (Psalm 81:9-10; cf. Deuteronomy 6:4-5).

Psalm 81:10. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt.” We sometimes need to be reminded of what God has…

A Season of New Beginnings

The end of August reminds me of the verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”

Though not yet autumn, the carefree days of summer are now behind us. Nature speaks this truth in manifold ways. The days are growing shorter, trees and shrubs are revealing hints of impending change, and the squirrels are quickening…

Raising the Heat

I’m not a fan of conflict. Thankfully, I didn’t have to deal with it much growing up; my extended family all got along and went out of their way to spend happy time together. My parents always “presented a united front” to us, so we never saw them argue, or really even disagree. They both knew several foreign languages, so perhaps some of the negotiation was in front of us, but we didn’t…

A Different Kind of Grandmother

My parents were older when I was born. Therefore, only one grandparent was alive when I came into the world. I had the best grandmother in the world. She was an elderly woman. Small but mighty. She was grumpy and harsh sometimes, but that never affected me. She never spoiled me as a child. She could not afford to buy me things.

However, she made the not-so-fun things like naps incredibly…

Rich in God’s Love

(Jesus) said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones,…

A Good Life

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them
— Ecclesiastes 12:1 (KJV)

This reading has so many meanings and is definitely a reality check on how we all live our lives. Every day we wake up, get dressed, feed the kids, get ready for work, come home from work,…

Salem Kids

I think we can all agree that youth and children’s programming across the board took a hit during the pandemic. And yet, I’m so thankful for Lorel Brown, Lisa Taylor, Charlotte Wallenburg, and all of the volunteers who have found creative ways to support our kids at Salem.

Next week’s musical camp is something I have missed very much in the last two summers, and I can’t wait to spend…

Follow Me

Have you ever noticed how some of the most powerful passages of scripture get right to the point?

“And Jesus wept.” (John 11:35)

“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” (Hosea 6:6; Matthew 9:13)

“Love one another.” (John 13:34)

“Come, follow me.” (Matthew 4:19)


Hello, Summer!

It seems like summer goes by fast once it officially starts. Of course, if you have lived in the Midwest for a while you know that summer weather usually happens long before summer begins. However, it is still over in a blink of an eye. It is because we anticipate it so much. There is so much to plan into 3-4 months before the weather starts to get cool again and summer activities like swimming…


Many of you might not even be aware, but this past Sunday we celebrated the first new federal holiday since President Reagan added Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in 1983. Until Juneteenth, there had been 10 federal holidays. The fact that the last two new federal holidays honor civil rights shows something about the state of our country today.

When I read the date that MLK’s birthday…

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