Pastor’s Blog

Daily Devotional Nov 18, 2022

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! (Psalm 103:1, ESV)


     I love surprises, most of the time. Some surprises are more welcome than others. The sight of a deer walking through the backyard is a pleasant surprise. Though a deer walking through the backyard eating my flowers is not.


Daily Devotional Nov 17, 2022

“ And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily                         and follow me” (Luke 9:23, ESV).


     Snow fell across the city last night. Not much. Just enough to blanket my back deck.


     I have an ambivalent relationship with snow. There is a sense of peace as the flakes fall from the sky. The land takes on a glistening beauty and the sounds of nature hush themselves in quiet reverence.


Daily Devotional Nov. 16, 2022

 “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you”         (Isaiah 41:13, NIV).

     I’m not the most graceful of people. Recently, I fell while descending a flight of stairs in public. Nothing was bruised but my ego. Several kind people offered to help me stand up. I refused. Such is the way of pride.


Daily Devotional Nov. 15, 2022


     “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20, ESV).

     To boldly go where no one has gone before. This is the mission of the Enterprise, the fictitious starship of the Star Trek television and film series. One of Star Trek’s most memorable actors was Nichelle Nickols, a.k.a., Lt. Nyota Uhura.


Daily Devotional Nov 11, 2022

    “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21, NIV).


     I have a dear friend who is now a retired United Methodist pastor. Before he became a pastor, Russ was a commander for a Marine combat unit. Russ served in Vietnam during the most heated years of battle. While on patrol one evening, Russ’ platoon came under heavy fire. For hours, Russ’ men fought valiantly. During the battle, a North Vietnamese combatant was injured. He was taken captive by American forces. As a U.S. military officer, Russ was directed by the Geneva Convention to offer this enemy soldier first aid and food. A medical helicopter was brought in to airlift the wounded out. Russ was standing near the enemy soldier as he was being carried on a gurney. Just before being transported, the soldier spoke the following words in Vietnamese: người mỹ tốt, which means, “Americans are good.”


Daily Devotional Nov. 10, 2022

“When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’” (Luke 15:20-21,MSG).