Telling other people about what Jesus has done in your life should not be difficult or complex. Someone said witnessing is just one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread. While hiking North Manitou Island last July I was talking with a friend about witnessing. He told an interesting story as we walked. When […]
I said good bye to an old friend the other day. We have been together for over twenty-two years. He was my old green Steelcase Executive desk. It was a huge boat of a thing. Strong enough to survive a nuclear blast. The desk moved with me from Xenia, Ohio to Celina, Ohio to Niles, […]
This Sunday at eleven o’clock I will step into the First Baptist pulpit as Senior Pastor for the last time. Our family has promised to sing once more and I will preach my farewell message. I have preached about six hundred messages from the First Baptist pulpit. I hope I did some good. I like […]
Some of the Psalms are Psalms of Assent. They are songs for the road when you are on a holy pilgrimage. It is especially helpful to think of Psalm 133 that way. At least twice a year the fathers and sons would make their way from wherever they lived to the temple in Jerusalem. (Deuteronomy […]
We are working hard preparing for the conclusion of our ministry here in Fremont and the beginning of our new family ministry. We will keep you posted on what is happening here on the web site. Two days a week we are working at the Character Inn and the rest of the week we are […]
The season of ripe corn and goldenrod is slipping away and the days are getting shorter. The apple harvest is being gathered in.
When I was a boy my dad taught me how to show people the way to heaven using a chain of verses in the book of Romans. He encouraged me in the habit of carrying a pocket-sized copy of the New Testament with me every day so I would be ready to explain the simple […]
“Have you ever had pun’kin blossoms?” Elmer asked. “Pumpkin blossoms? No,” I answered tentatively. “What are they?”
As I write it is Saturday morning and the sun is rising. The sky is clear and the air is cool. It has all the makings of a beautiful autumn day. Last night we drove over to Lake Michigan in the evening and spent some time with friends as the sun set. One of the […]
God has given me four sons and four daughters who are very careful not to hurt my feelings. I’m glad because as much as I love them, they could hurt me deeply if they tried. I try to be a big boy but I still have some growing up to do.