The Best Use of Our Freedom

Freedom. Liberty. Independence. These are some of the values that this country was founded on. They were some of the dreams that our Founders had back in 1776 when they signed the Declaration of Independence. Yet, it wasn’t simply ‘freedom to do whatever I want’. That kind of freedom, if followed to it’s end, wouldContinue reading “The Best Use of Our Freedom”

Where Does This Road Lead?

As I sit here in Bigby Coffee on Wednesday, June 14 in the morning, the news is pretty dark… A High rise in London burns, with scores of potential victims… World markets teeter ever closer to a ‘bubble’ that may be economically devastating… The threat of terrorism, mostly from radical Islamic believers seems ever moreContinue reading “Where Does This Road Lead?”

Salvation Without Repentance?

Salvation…an important word in the Church, and in Faith–especially Christianity. As we enter the season of Lent–the 40 days of preparation to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it’s important that we understand it. So, what does it mean? According to Dictionary.com, Salvation: noun 1. the act of saving or protecting fromContinue reading “Salvation Without Repentance?”

Where Is Your Hope?

I remember that day very clearly. My mother was in tears, fearful for the future of our country, convinced we were heading into nuclear war with the USSR because ‘that man’ had just been elected President of the United States. The date was November, 1980. ‘That Man’ was Ronald Reagan, and I had voted forContinue reading “Where Is Your Hope?”

The Power of Gratitude

As we head into our Thanksgiving weekend here in America, I have a question for you: Why should You be thankful? Seriously–I’m not looking for the ‘churchy’ answer here, I’m really asking you to consider: Why are YOU thankful this year? It seems to me that our culture has become a cesspool of negativity, andContinue reading “The Power of Gratitude”

#RTB, yes…but also #STL

If you’re from Kalamazoo, or anywhere near western Michigan, or if you’re a WMU Bronco, or even if you watch ESPN and pay attention to national football news, you know that there’s something special going on with the WMU Broncos this year.  WMU, under coach PJ Fleck, is 10-0 for the first time in schoolContinue reading “#RTB, yes…but also #STL”

Hope…Where’s It Come From?

Where does ‘peace’ come from for you? From what source do you find ‘joy’? Where do you get your ‘hope’? If it is anywhere except the Lord, you are asking for trouble! It will not last. It can’t.   The truth is that many of us find our peace, joy and hope in our circumstances.Continue reading “Hope…Where’s It Come From?”

WHO Will Stand Tall?

UGH! What a mess this is! I have held back somewhat on expressing my opinions on this election. I’ve tried to be as civil and respectful as possible to all points of view, but I’ve also made it known that I am not a ‘fan’ or supporter, on a personal level, of either Donald TrumpContinue reading “WHO Will Stand Tall?”

As Far As It Depends on You…

Newsflash: There’s a LOT of conflict in our world! Between riots in Charlotte, NC, weekly violence in places like Chicago, Terrorism in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota…there is no shortage of violence. Police killing civilians, Civilians killing police, Citizens killing citizens…seems as though we hear a lot more about it now. Violence, as theyContinue reading “As Far As It Depends on You…”