Enjoying the Sabbath

In Mark’s Gospel Jesus pointed out that the opposition he was facing over what He was doing on the Sabbath was from a basic misunderstanding of the command to rest on the seventh day. The Pharisees were acting as if the 4th commandment began when Moses received it on the mountain. But in reality the…

God’s Service Department

If you have worked in the service department of any store you know that returns can be a challenge. People lose their receipts or bring in things that are just worn out with age. Worse yet some try returning items that came from another store. All of this takes time and patience and tempers sometimes…

What are Your Plans?

I loved the scene from the film “Evan Almighty” when Evan (Steve Carell) tells God “But I have my plans!) then God (Morgan Freeman) laughs and responds, “Your plans?” I laugh every time because it is a conversation I have silently had with God on so many occasions. “But I planned to sing a song,…

Thankful for the Years

“ Lord , make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Psalms 39:4 NKJV For 23 years it has been my great privilege to lead the chapel services at Allied. What began as a visit to a friend blossomed into meetings…

Goodbye Green Hills

The mountains skipped like rams, The little hills like lambs. Psalms 114:4 It is impossible to imagine not waking up to see our quiet green mountains. Clearly the same God who stooped down to fashion the hills and mountain steams also drew the edge of the sea. He that traced out the deep valley also…