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A New Normal

What interesting new challenges we’re facing. For me, meeting current clients and prospective clients virtually is challenging. And that will likely continue. But I’ve learned from past experiences that I like new challenges. No, I won’t be training for an Ironman or bodybuilding event … but the time at home is an opportunity to improve our lives. I’m going to dust off my drawing tablet…

How Do We Celebrate the 4th of July in 2020?

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
— Matthew 11:28-30

I think that as we prepare for this holiday, it comes with burdens. For some folks, having…

Pipes vs. Speaker

Remember when electric cars became popular, and they added a feature that alluded many consumers? No? They purposefully added artificial engine noises to the vehicles. This was added for safety purposes. Still, it was added because we are naturally used to hearing the sound of an engine revved as we hum along our way.

Well, what if I told you that our very own organ has tricks up her sleeves.…

Be Still and Know that I am God

Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among nations. I will be exalted in the earth.”

In the midst of conflict and the unknown we are best served when we open our thoughts up to the understanding that we can at any moment step back. That we can become at any moment, willing. That we can at any moment let go of controlling outcomes. We are no longer the…

Doing Justice

God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
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A Break from the Pandemic and the Chaos

For those of you who might have missed it, a historical event occurred on Saturday. Americans were launched into space again. It marked the first U.S.-based rocket launch with American astronauts since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. Ever since, NASA has flown all of its astronauts and international partners to the space station on Russia’s Soyuz capsule. This is the first time they have…

Talking About Race

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
— 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

The Bells and Whistles

Hello, brothers and sisters in Christ! I want to take the time to talk about the bells and whistles of our organ; no, literally, the bells and whistles. We have an Allen Organ, and the particular model is Renaissance. With that being said, this organ is so much more than just physical pipes.

For starters, our organ has real physical pipes, but it also incorporates the use of digital pipes.…

God is With Us

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
— Psalm 119:105

Last night we had our prayer service, and it began with a ritual for our graduates — high school and college students. Several of them Zoomed in for the service.

I think about these young people of our congregation and where they will walk in the days ahead, the challenges…

The Church is Not the Building

We’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — the church is not the building … it’s the people.

We’ve proven that this past 6 weeks or so that we have been unable to come together and worship in person. From our online services to the inspirational videos by Heather to Pastor’s online Wednesday prayer sessions to Happy Hour Hangout via Zoom … we don’t need to be in the…

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