Let’s be ourselves

1/4/2023

New Year. New ways of living. New opportunities to grow. New eyes to see what is happening among us and around us. These are some of the things we usually say as part of our new year resolutions without forgetting...

Reaping a harvest of joy from our tears

11/29/2022

Psalm 126 When the Lord changed Zion’s circumstances for the better, it was like we had been dreaming. 2 Our mouths were suddenly filled with laughter; our tongues were filled with joyful shouts. It was even said, at that time,...

Time Change

10/27/2022

Soon we will “fall back” an hour. The first weekend in November, we return to standard time having been in daylight savings time since March. Like many, I grumble and complain about the change. There really isn’t an hour more...

How Jesus sees us, and others

9/30/2022

I typically dislike when my job is mentioned as a part of my introduction to others. I cannot count how many times have I been introduced to someone with the words, “This is Andy, the pastor at our church.” It...

Living among those you serve

9/27/2022

"Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?” "Or what woman having ten silver coins,...

Living amongst those you serve

8/31/2022

"Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?” "Or what woman having ten silver coins,...

Play a Rest

8/29/2022

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 My Father, a professional jazz musician and composer, tutored me in jazz theory and piano performance growing up. One day as my dad and I played a song together, I...

Removing obstacles and moving forward

7/29/2022

I serve a downtown church with a parking lot big enough for four, maybe five, cars. During the week it serves us just fine as the staff and membership have all navigated this scenario for years. However, on Sundays, many...

Energy, Imagination, Intelligence and Love

6/30/2022

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. -Genesis 1:1 When we take on an ordained position in the church, we take a vow to “pray for and seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and...

Called, named, chosen

6/1/2022

Leer la devoción en español. May 30, 2022 As I write this devotional, I am at the hospital waiting for more responses to know what is happening and the reason I am here. It has been seven days since I...