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Preaching Through Proverbs: A Collection of Sermons by the Pastors of Central Africa

Preaching Through Proverbs:  A Collection of Sermons by the Pastors of Central Africa

Imagine feeling the heat of a summer day as you sit inside a tin-roofed church building listening to a pastor preach to you from the Word of God.  The echoes of voices resound as the congregants speak out their appreciation for what they are hearing. This is Africa.  This is church.  This is worship around the Word of God where Jesus is the center. This collection of sermons by the pastors of Central Africa contains stories, questions, and … Read entire article »

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The Veil March 2018 Photos

These photos are from the March 2018 production of The Veil at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.  If you are one of the dancers and would like a high resolution copy of one of the photos you are in, please contact me by e-mail or by using the Contact form on the site. ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”1000″] … Read entire article »

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Ten Things Your Children Need to Know

This is the outline of a talk I gave in Colorado last year to a group of parents/grandparents. Psalm 71:17-18 Guilt is not a feeling. God forgives. God is real. God acts in our lives and in our behalf. You can know God. Daily devotional habits will change your life. The Holy Spirit will empower you. Bad things happen to good people. You are gifted — and responsible to use your gifts properly. Eternity is a long time.  Act in light of it!   … Read entire article »

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Mary’s First Real Thanksgiving

Mary’s First Real Thanksgiving

The following is the video of a skit I wrote entitled “Mary’s First Real Thanksgiving.”  This is a sequel to last year’s skit, “‎Bad Thanksgiving Habits and How They Started.” It was performed by the drama team at Westmore COG on Sunday, Nov 20, 2016. This skit provides a good history lesson for those who really don’t understand the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you like it, PLEASE (please) leave a comment and pass the link on to someone else … Read entire article »

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The Waiting Room: A Skit on Faith and Healing

The Waiting Room: A Skit on Faith and Healing

The following skit was inspired in a real waiting room in early 2016.  I wrote much of it shortly after that.  Our church’s lead pastor wanted us to perform it during a Healing Service held recently.  Apart from Bill’s medical issue, I pulled from true stories from friends, family and my own experiences, because I wanted the skit to embody real life events. Comments are welcome.  Please let us know if this skit makes you think … Read entire article »

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Christian Funeral Service for a Woman of Faith

(names removed for privacy purposes) Is it right to believe?   Is it right to have faith? These are questions that determine much of the outcome of our lives.  The answer you give personally to that question will shape your future from this point on. Several years ago, God in His grace and mercy poured out of His Spirit upon this family in a way that you had never experienced before.  When that happened, a demarcation point was fixed in history.  There was a life you had known before God poured out His Spirit on you, and there was life after God had poured out His Spirit. In talking with different ones in your family and your church, what I heard most was about the joy that the Spirit brought into your lives.  This was evident in ____’s life as much … Read entire article »

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Bad Thanksgiving Habits and How They Started

The following is the video of a skit I wrote entitled “Bad Thanksgiving Habits and How They Started.” It was performed by the drama team at Westmore COG on Sunday, Nov 20, 2015. Most Americans will probably enjoy the subtle (or not so subtle) references contained in it. If you like it, please leave a comment and pass the link on to someone else to view, too. The sequel to this skit (from 2016) is titled Mary’s First Real Thanksgiving. If your drama group is interested in performing the skit, the script and director’s copy are available (donation suggested).  Please use the contact form to request a copy. … Read entire article »

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A Note to Harried, Frustrated, Overworked Moms

A Note to Harried, Frustrated, Overworked Moms

My wife and I have been parents for a long, long time.  At least, it seems that way.  One thing I’ve learned is that being a parent is a tiring job.  Actually, it can be exhausting. I likes to observe people.  As we celebrate Mother’s Day this month, I can look around at the mothers of all ages in my circle of friends and at church and reflect on their countenances.  I see the mothers of … Read entire article »

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The Little Electric Oven

The Little Electric Oven

One Christmas, at least I think it was Christmas and not a birthday, my parents bought sister a little oven. Now, this was in the days before lawyers had become fruitful, multiplied and replenished the earth. This wasn’t a piece of plastic with stickers to put on the oven to emulate fire. Nor did it come with a few round cans made of plastic labeled as corn or beans. No, this was a little Easy … Read entire article »

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The Thanksgiving That (Almost) Wasn’t

A Short Story: It started off well enough. Jan got up early to get the turkey in the oven. She had time to make a steaming hot mug of cocoa before the rest of the family stirred. She had just sat down and opened her Bible to read this morning’s passage. Then it began. There was a loud pop in the kitchen followed by an acrid smell. Jan jumped up and ran into the kitchen to see what had happened. Her nose led her straight to the oven. When she opened it, the element wasn’t glowing bright orange, and the heat was rapidly dissipating. Her first thought was, “Oh, no! Now what?” Tim’s day off from work began with Jan shaking him and telling him that … Read entire article »

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