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Bible 101

Just the crickets

Before summer is over, I hope you can go someplace where all you can hear are the crickets. I’m not talking about crawling around…

Life’s Challenges

The problem with coping mechanisms

Each day seems to bring a new announcement or policy concerning the pandemic that challenges our normal way of life. At the church where…

Life’s Challenges

Keep the Faith: GOD Reigns!

What do you do when life feels out of control? When, despite your best efforts, you realize that you can’t control anyone or anything? The answer is found in an often-forgotten story from the end of Jesus’ life.

Social Issues

The devil divides

Usually crisis brings people together. I remember speaking with a distant relative who fought in WWII. He said that during the war, the whole…

Prayer

The eternal value of prayer

Years ago I heard about a small church in Texas. Forty of its members fought in WWII. With the men of the congregation gone,…

Friends & Family

Family feud

People have been using money to buy their way out of problems for centuries. No, millennia. Money can buy good attorneys, silence accusers and…

Social Issues

George Floyd and Psalm 10

Our country continues to process the mind-breaking emotions of Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for nine minutes. In response,…

Prayer

You’ve got God’s phone number

Last year J. J. Watt, an NFL football player, made news when he gave out his phone number and invited people to connect with…

Social Issues

Honoring the slain

How would you describe Memorial Day? Somber? Contemplative? Celebratory? All three? Days like Memorial Day are important days where we take time to remember…

Depression & Anxiety

Hope From Israel: Trust God’s Plans

Pastor Mike spent a week in Israel right before the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the entire series from this past week, as we kick off the first of Pastor Mike’s devotions from Israel, focusing on how we can trust God, his plans, and his promises despite the uncertainties of our world.

Living My Faith

Hope From Israel: God Messes With Your Plans

When God messes with your plans, he has better plans. Need proof? Just look at what God did with the apostle Paul. Pastor Mike spent a week in Israel right before the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at Caesarea Maritima, where Paul was imprisoned for more than a year, Pastor Mike reminds us how God’s plans work for our good.

Life’s Challenges

Spring in our steps with God

The groundhog never saw this one coming. Longest. Winter. Ever. I live in Wisconsin; we Midwesterners are used to being stuck inside over the…