Hope for the Grieving at Christmas

Many households are preoccupied with shopping, extra events and added duties at the Christmas season. But for a segment of our population, the holidays come with mixed emotions. There is a sense of loss. For some of you this is a year of firsts without a loved one. The first birthday, the first trip to the shoreContinue reading “Hope for the Grieving at Christmas”

Heaven: Who’s There?

Have you ever tried to describe a place that you’ve never seen? Never visited? It is impossible. But in the presence of someone who has, for instance, been to the Grand Canyon, you may hear them say: “Oh, it is beautiful! The vistas are majestic! You’ve got to go there! Take the mule down toContinue reading “Heaven: Who’s There?”

Prayer for the Pennsylvania State Senate

I was privileged to provide the opening prayer on the floor of the Pennsylvania State Senate today.  The following prayer was shared: Father in Heaven, we gather on this day to give You thanks and praise for Your bountiful care in our lives. We live in a privileged country; We have a government by the people andContinue reading “Prayer for the Pennsylvania State Senate”

Heaven: What is it?

Maybe you’ve heard the old saying that “Christians can be so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.”  But today, I don’t believe that is true.  The opposite seems to be more accurate: Christians don’t think of heaven enough!  We don’t study the Scripture enough to shape our way of thinking of the afterlife. InContinue reading “Heaven: What is it?”

How to Prosper, Spirtually

I was recently confronted with the question: “How does one prosper spiritually?”  Another way of putting it would be to ask: “What is the key to spiritual growth?” I believe the first Psalm has some insight into this question.  The book of Psalms has often been referred to as Israel’s hymnbook.  It contains songs- orContinue reading “How to Prosper, Spirtually”

Where Do We Go From Here?

After hearing of the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday, I was faced with a moral dilemma inside my soul. What do I preach on in light of the current events?  Do I remain silent and say nothing? Or do I comment on the present situation? The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court demands aContinue reading “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Why Mission is Critical to a Local Church

The fourth century church father Augustine of Hippo said: “Whoever…thinks that he understands the divine Scriptures or any part of them so that it does not build the double love of God and of our neighbor does not understand it at all.”[1] There are two types of love. One is the love that appeals toContinue reading “Why Mission is Critical to a Local Church”