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King Jesus

November 19, 2020

Church Family, This past week, Governor Inslee instituted new rules, regulations, and dictates regarding COVID-19. In doing so, his long arm from Olympia has once again overextended into the life of the church. He reiterated that sanctuaries are to be limited to 25% capacity (that is not new). What is new, however, is that he has dictated that during worship we may no longer sing. Regarding weddings and funerals, he has ordered that those services are limited to 30 people and there are to be no receptions afterward. Our response and practice going forward is the same position we have…

Amy’s Faith

October 15, 2020

Does faith work? That is, does faith show itself. James definitively answered that question a long time ago, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:13). So yes, faith works. It shows itself. It declares itself. It does so out of gratitude for undeserved salvation. I am all in on the President’s Supreme Court nomination, Amy Coney Barrett. By all accounts except the most strident liberal, she is well qualified. It is said that she is a Charismatic Catholic, an odd combination. I have problems with both. But if sincere, we will see her in…

Living in Mushy Middleville

October 8, 2020

Christian lived in Mushy Middleville. He liked his life. It was easy to like. For the most part, people left him alone. Not to be mean, but they left him alone because they didn’t notice him. He was nondescript because that’s the way he lived life. If life was a golf game, he was middle of the fairway. You could count on it. A few of his acquaintances knew he went to church. Some knew he was conservative regarding some social issues—just some issues, though, because it was unclear where he stood on those that could lead to raised voices.…

Deathbed Wishes

October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020 Church Family, Jettison to the end of your life for a moment. This is not a morbid exercise. Indeed, it is wise to do so. “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). On your death bed, if asked what three things you desired most as you leave this fallen world, what would be your requests? Think “genie in a bottle” for a moment. You know, the one where the grateful apparition with the funky pants and Persian accent grants three wishes. What would be yours? Assuming my first…

God’s Secret Things

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020 Church Family, In Deuteronomy 29, Moses is renewing the terms of God’s relationship with his people. Why is it being renewed? The reason being that now at the end of their 40-year wilderness wandering, everyone over the age of 20 when they departed Egypt had died. The children of the Exodus were now middle-aged, between 40 and 60 years old. In the midst of the renewal service, Moses reminds the people that “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belongs to us and to our children forever, that we…

Where Have You Been Drinking?

September 10, 2020

God’s prophets had a tough gig. They were to speak on behalf of God to his people. At first glance, what was so difficult about that? Wouldn’t people want to hear from God? You’d think the guy with a direct connection to the Creator and Sustainer of the world would be revered. The writer of Hebrews reveals otherwise; most weren’t esteemed, many were flogged, enchained, imprisoned, stoned, and even sawn in two (Hebrews 11:36-38)—a tough gig indeed. Yet, when they opened their mouths and announced, “Thus saith the Lord,” there should have been a collective hush. Life and truth were…

Powerful Fools

August 27, 2020

August 27, 2020 Church Family, There’s a guy down the road from our home who has a political sign in his yard. Some find it offensive. Some drive by and snicker. It simply says, “Inslee’s an Idiot.” I’m the guy who snickers. I wouldn’t put that sign in our yard but those three words resonate with me. But this is not a political blog. The Bible is blunt. It calls out the obvious. It fingers foolishness. Several times the Scriptures says something similar to Psalm 14:1: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Sadly, there are many…

A Low Whisper in Loud Times

August 20, 2020

Church Family, In 1 Kings 19, Elijah was ready to “tap out”. He was weary, tired of knocking heads with the king and frustrated with the unresponsive populace. God was of little concern in the palace and of little concern of the people. Heaven was sounding pretty good to the prophet right about then. But God had more work for him to do, besides, informs God, Elijah wasn’t alone; there were 7,000 others in the land who hadn’t “bowed to Baal”. Differences of opinion abound. We live in angry times. It has become more difficult to be amongst likeminded. This…

The Virus, the Governor, and Worship

April 30, 2020

Pity my wife. She has to hear my rants. And she has heard a lot of them as of late. In fact, she probably could ghost write this blog. No argument that the virus is real, nasty, and dangerous. But it is not equally dangerous to all. Nevertheless, our governor has shut our state down; including our right to congregate and worship. We are supposed to get details (finally) when some elements of his “one-size-fits-all” shutdown will be lifted. I suspect, however, his ban on large-group gatherings will extend into the summer. Your Council (elders and deacons) met last night…

Some Ideas to Recognize “Good Friday” While at Home

April 8, 2020

“Good Friday” is one of the most meaningful days on the church calendar. It is the day we recognize Jesus dying on the cross. Each year we gather as a church to reflect upon the death of our Savior and our role requiring the Atonement. This year we are unable to gather. Nevertheless, we are encouraging our families to recognize Jesus’ death in their homes. Here are some ideas on how to do so. First, recognize the chronology of the day. Jesus was beaten and abused throughout Thursday night and into the early morning. The mockery of his trial began…

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