Thoughtful Thursday: Re-Commit to Reading Scripture

If you are not reading the bible regularly right now (outside of Sunday morning), this would be a great time to revive the habit of spending time in God’s word. In order to “Fight the Good Fight,” build our faith, and live with a good conscience, we have to know...

Continue reading

Thoughtful Thursday: Gratitude, Continued…

I ended last year’s Thoughtful Thursday post with Gratitude and I’m going to begin this year’s post with Gratitude too. While it is human nature to be prideful and self-centered (and our culture heavily promotes it) I have noticed that the more self-absorbed I become, the more unhappy, unsatisfied, and...

Continue reading

Thoughful Thursday: Christmas Gratitude

It’s the official season of LOVE, HOPE, JOY & PEACE, but for me it’s just as much about GRATITUDE. GRATITUDE that God LOVES us so much that he sent his son into the world to reconcile us with him. GRATITUDE for the HOPE that the birth of Christ gives us....

Continue reading

Thoughtful Thursday: Christmas Carols

An Abbreviated History of Christmas Carols Did you know that carols were originally pagan jigs? The Church tried to replace the popular carols with Christian songs, but they were in Latin and never caught on. St Francis of Assisi’s Nativity Plays introduced Christmas canticles that grew popular and spread through...

Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is about gratitude, feasting and spending time with those we love. It can also be a reminder of those who we cannot be with. I never used to understand that both joy and pain often intermingle, but long before I understood this, Christ lived that reality. This Thanksgiving, give...

Continue reading

Thoughtful Thursday: I’m Seeing a Pattern

A few weeks ago, Ted Smith challenged us to see others as God does, reminding us that we are “Made in the Image of God” (not just the people we like) and the next week our guest speaker challenged us to “Love Thy Neighbor.” This week two nearly identical scripture...

Continue reading

Thoughtful Thurdsay

Preview of Scripture for All Saints Sunday Hebrews 12:1-2 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the...

Continue reading

Thoughtful Thursday: Love Your Neighbor

Ted’s sermon last week has had me thinking about people being created in God’s image (even the ones that are not easy to like) which this week’s verses reinforce. Matthew 22:34-40. 34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a...

Continue reading

Thoughtful Thursday – Hebrews 4:12 Memories

You know how certain scents can bring back a strong memory from childhood? This verse is like that for me. It flashes me back to fond memories with my son because it was the first verse that a Sunday school teacher challenged him to memorize when he was little. This...

Continue reading

Thoughtful Thursday – Sermon Verses

Preview Verses for Pastor Anthony’s Sermon 1 Peter 5:7-11 7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and...

Continue reading