Pushing Head vs. Pleasing the Lord

Pushing Head vs. Pleasing the Lord

My parents recently had a moving sale as they transitioned from life on the farm to living in town. Preparation for the auction of their belongings and sale of their acreage has been time consuming, physically tiring, and emotionally draining for them. When we...
God’s Grading Scale

God’s Grading Scale

A man recently explained that the main tenet of his faith was to love people. “How is that possible?” I asked. He said unconditional love of others is our human responsibility and possible entirely through self-effort. I asked him how one knows if they have loved well...
Hide In God—Not From God

Hide In God—Not From God

Little children cover their eyes to hide because they believe that if they can’t see us, we can’t see them. Many people operate under this childish delusion in relationship to God—If I can’t see Him, then He can’t see me. God’s word disagrees. “’Am I a God who is...
Believe and Live

Believe and Live

I recently returned from another country where I saw first hand people’s belief in numerous gods. Logically, I thought, ‘if anything and everything is a god, then nothing is truly god.’ It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “How many legs does a dog have if you call his...
Looking Good, Losing Big

Looking Good, Losing Big

Have you ever cut open the most delectable looking peach, melon, or apple only to find it black, soft, and spoiled inside? The outward appearance of fruit can disguise its internal rottenness. What’s physically true of fruit can be spiritually true for people who...
Elder’s Report for 2023

Elder’s Report for 2023

“Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 3:18 A Point of Emphasis for 2022 In 2022 the elders focused extensively on developing young disciples in the church. We spent considerable time in our January retreat clarifying our...