Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

(portions of this blog were taken with permission from a communication from Mark Harrison, Director of Peace with Justice, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church) The gospel is a message of redemption but also of peace and freedom. As...

Rising From the Ashes

This year I made a commitment to attend the Lenten Breakfasts each Wednesday morning during Lent.  It was an amazing experience to share a meal with Christians from churches in the Marshalltown community. We all joined together as one through the message about...

The Lord Builds the House. He is our Foundation

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalm 127:1 This verse was part of my daily devotions a couple of weeks ago. I have been coming back to it as our...

What Is Your Word for 2019?

Four years ago in early January, I read author Debbie Macomber’s monthly newsletter. She shared that for nearly twenty years she had selected a word to serve as a personal focus for the year. I’m not one to write a New Year’s resolution, but I...

Is There Room in your Heart for Jesus?

Is there room in your heart and in your life for Jesus? Are you prepared for the King? Here are some reflections from the book, “Why This Jubilee? by James Howell. On Christmas Eve, we ponder the birth of Jesus Christ in quiet reverence and sing “Silent...