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Musing Meditation- The Danger of Using “I”

But when we rely on the power of God within us, we can accomplish everything. If you go to the book of Judges in Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and read the story of Gideon, you will see that he used the word "I" a lot. Gideon was a farmer ...

Musing Meditation

I asked several members of the original launch team of West if there was a time they remembered our struggle to trust God or a time when we did trust God in a difficult opportunity and as God always does, God led the way through it and ...

Bending but Not Breaking

It was ironic when my coach told me that the anniversary gift for a 10 year anniversary was tin. Strong and resilient. Yet bendable. So - it bends and doesn't break. Just like us. If you'd told me 10 years ago that on our 10th birthday as a ...

More Than Just Low Hanging Fruit

Low hanging fruit . . . that’s the fruit that hangs from a tree and you don’t really have to make an effort to grab it. It is easily accessible. Sunday, as Rev. David Snipes shared with us about gratitude. It was more than just the "be ...

Musing Meditation “Starry Eyed Dreams”

Starry Eyed Dreams It’s what we are taught, right? To think positively. To dream big. To pursue our dreams. To not settle.  So often in our day-to-day lives we’re inundated with advice to “think positively.”  Whether it is in our social media ...

It was a complete debacle!

It was a complete debacle! We REALLY tried. Typically - this is what a Sunday message looks like for me. But Sunday . . . the staff and I, in an attempt to keep you engaged with the message and in keeping with our core values, we wanted to ...

Musing Meditation “It’s a Learning Process”

It's a Learning Process One of the many ways God has been at work in my life over the past 1 ½ years is that my family has broadened. There are new relationships that my children and I are now included in. They have been ...

Fear is Paralyzing

About a month into Covid time a friend asked, "So . . . what are you going to do about Bash?" As soon as the world started changing rapidly around Covid quarantines, etc., honestly, one of the first things on my mind was the Bash. And as soon ...
Expectations- A Pathway to Anger?

Expectations- A Pathway to Anger?

In my previous appointment I would preach around every 8 - 12 weeks. After the worship service I'd stand "out back" and greet the folks as they'd leave (much like what West used to look like! Ha!) Since I didn't preach every week, I always ...

Have you asked them what makes them angry?

When is the last time you were angry with someone? A family member? Friend? Spouse/partner? Truth is, unless you have saints surrounding you daily, anger is a normal emotion to think/feel. We all have voices in our heads that push us to see ...

“It doesn’t suck to be _________”

“It doesn’t suck to be . . .” And fill in your name. Sunday afternoon I received a call from a friend I’ve not spoken with in a few months. The last time he called I was LITERALLY in the middle of a busted water pipe (that was my neighbor’s ...

The Most Impressive Thing May Not Be What We Think

There are two different kinds of stories . . . Stories “about” our lives and stories “from” our lives. Author Bob Goff writes, “Acquaintances will know us for what we’ve done. Friends will remember us for how we loved.” Conway Jolly, a ...

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