“I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them.” (Hosea 11:4, NKJV) Gentleness is love in action. It describes our Lord leaving the 99 to find the lost one out of a hundred. It is…Read more Gentleness in Action
“God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 As a student I loved to sing the song Gentle Spirit! The lyrics reminded me of the Holy Spirit descending on Jesus anointing him for ministry. The teaching, miracles, and the…Read more God Chose Gentleness
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12–15, NLT) It's good news to know, really know that God loves and chose you! You can live securely, pray confidently, and plan accordingly when you are convinced of that important fact.…Read more God Chose You!
God's righteousness has not always thrilled me. In fact as a child and young person God's righteousness and his desire for my life to be righteous terrified me. God's righteousness and mine were infinitely far apart. Books have always been my friends. When I began to read about the life of Martin Luther, I could…Read more I AM GLAD GOD IS RIGHTEOUS
We are grateful for those who gave up their lives in defense of our nation's liberties. Their valor should always be gratefully acknowledged. If as a nation we ever take for granted their sacrifices, we no longer deserve our freedom. I should think it would not be long then that the nation would lose its…Read more Memorial Day 2021
The bucket descended into the well with a splat, sank, and my Dad or Uncle Albert would pull the leaking bucket back to the top of the well. It’s a fond memory of cold, clear water that tasted so good, drunk out of a dipper. I was frightened by the well. My parents, uncles and…Read more When You Feel Empty
I dream about twenty years from now. In my dream I still rise early to have coffee with the Lord. My wife wakes up and I bring her coffee and toast in bed. We enjoy talking with one another watching the sunrise. (Remember this a dream." By the way she is drinking light roast coffee…Read more Dreaming 25 years in Our Future
Yesterday, I woke with a start. Our fourth grandson was born March 5th, in the 65th year of my pilgrimage in life. How many years will the Lord bless me with to nurture him and my other grandsons as a grandfather? Will the journal that I leave behind affirm God’s plan for their lives? Will…Read more The Time is Very Short!
Today's post about Fasting is by Pastor Corey Mantz. Corey is the husband of Janette, Dad of Brayden and Ella, and a Michigan Wolverine Fan. When it comes to food, Corey is all about steak! His wife loves snow and Corey love hot weather. They both love Jesus and students! One of the memories I…Read more Fasting by Corey Mantz
Fasting doesn't earn us points with God so why do Christians fast? The briefest answer for me is hunger! Don't we all want more of God? I hunger to know and experience more of God. I want, actually I long for more of His presence for my wife, children, grandchildren, the wonderful congregation I serve,…Read more Purposeful Fasting