“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15 Over the past few days our church family has suffered the loss of two dear brothers in the Lord, Glen Ott and Bob Kauffman. In some ways, their deaths were not entirely a surprise. Glen was suffering from kidney failure […]Read More When God Calls His People Home
For months we had been hearing about people with Coronavirus, but it had not touched us – till now.Read More Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing
There are a number of ways we might consider the greatness of God, but let us consider just one – the size of God’s creative handiwork. God’s creation is both enormous and microscopic. No previous generation in the history of the world can comprehend this reality like we can today. The Bible says that God […]Read More The Greatness of God in Creation
Last week Steph and I planned a surprise for the kids. A friend of ours owns a plane and a (small) airport, and we decided to take them flying. I will save you all the details, but in the end things didn’t work out. We had only told the kids shortly before we left home […]Read More Man Plans his Way, But the Lord Establishes his Steps
We have just come through 4th of July weekend. Here in our little neck of the woods (Mifflin County, PA) it was neat to see plenty of people proud to be American. Saturday night, I wondered if the neighbors would ever stop shooting off fireworks! As you know, it is quite popular to “hate” on America […]Read More America’s Imports and Exports
On Monday I celebrated my 37th birthday! I know, I know, some of you think I am still just a young wipper-snapper, while others of you think I am starting to get “up there” in age. It’s all about perspective. Whatever the case, I know I am a blessed man. The apostle Paul asks, “What […]Read More Count Your Blessings!
“And Moses said to the people, Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14) Each time I read […]Read More The Lord Will Fight For You!
Way back in 2010, big changes were on the way for our family, as Steph was pregnant with our twin daughters and we had a decision to make. What would we do after her maternity leave was over? I was the pastor of a small country church while Steph was working as a counselor. We […]Read More You Can Trust in the Lord!
Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog entitled 7 Blessings of COVID-19. One of the blessings I highlighted was that some of our cultural idols, including professional and college sports, were being eliminated. Though I am saddened that thousands of people lost their jobs, I believe that on the whole, this is hugely positive, particularly […]Read More Finding Victory over Sin and Idolatry
Yesterday afternoon I was hanging out with the kids at our new favorite spot, the stream behind our house. As we were walking along the stream, John noticed that there were some old fenceposts. As we examined them, we noticed that the wire had been removed, but the fenceposts remained. Not long after that we […]Read More The God of Beauty, Order, and Design