Pastor’s Blog

Daily Devotion August 29, 2023

“Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you and remain as you were when God first called you” (1 Corinthians 7:17, NLT).

     Recently, I was rummaging through boxes in the basement and came across a Buzz Lightyear action figure. I purchased the toy for my youngest son when our family visited Disney World several years ago. Buzz was Garrett’s constant companion during his toddler years.


Daily Devotion August 25, 2023

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes” (Proverbs 26:4-5, NIV).

     I do not know Tim Tebow personally, but I like what I see and hear from him. Mr. Tebow came to prominence during the Florida Gator’s national football championship run in 2006. (Actually, the guy broke my heart by beating my beloved Ohio State Buckeyes.)


Daily Devotion August 24, 2023

“…go down to the shore and throw in a line and open the mouth of the first fish you catch. You will find a coin to cover the taxes for both of us; take it and pay them”  (Matthew 17:27, TLB).

     Some of the best fishing stories involve the one that didn’t get away. Such is the case for a high school freshman from Minnesota. Connor Halsa reeled in an unusual catch while fishing with his family in Iowa. Connor set his hook into a wallet filled with $2000 in cash at Lake of the Woods.


Daily Devotion August 23, 2023

There Elijah went into a cave and stayed all night. Then the LORD spoke his word to him: “Elijah! Why are you here?” (1 Kings 19:9, NCV).

     I encountered a nudge yesterday. It wasn’t the first time she had prompted me. My wife asked me for the umpteenth time if I had spoken to a dear friend. I hadn’t. I can’t recall the last time my friend and I spoke.


Daily Devotion August 22, 2023

 Get all the advice you can, and you will succeed; without it you will fail” (Proverbs 15:22, GNT).

     What is orange, has four wheels, and sleeps three? Answer: a department of transportation vehicle. Well, it appears that someone fell asleep at the wheel when a misspelled sign was posted on the eastbound side of I-74 at exit fourteen outside of Cincinnati. The letters            C-H-E-V-O-I-T were printed rather than the correct city name of  C-H-E-V-I-O-T.


Daily Devotion August 4, 2023

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT).

     As a fisherman, I have a complicated relationship with the lotus. The American lotus is a wildflower that grows around the edges of ponds and in river backwaters. The fragrant yellow flower can open to a width of ten inches.