Pastor's Blog

“It’s All I Want”

October 13, 2017

Do you remember Christmas mornings from your youth? If you were like most 10 year old children, you were so excited to see what “Santa Claus” had left under the tree. You probably had a toy picked out that you just knew would make your young life complete and worthwhile. All your hope and attention was spent on trying to see if the one thing you had wanted so intensely was really at your house. How often do you have that same desire know that you are a few years removed from 10? Even though the object of our desire... View Article

“Let’s Be Broken”

October 6, 2017

“Let’s be broken” This week opened with a shock to our American system. A 64-year-old man in Las Vegas helped us set a grisly new record with over 50 people killed at the end of a concert. From what has been reported, it is the largest mass shooting casualty count in our history. The stories of the survivors are frightening. The accounts of those who risked their own life to help others who were down are many. And yet the death toll continues to rise as our country asks “Why?” There will be a time for the motive and understanding... View Article

“Was it worth it?”

September 30, 2017

At the fall pastor’s meeting I attended in Tulsa, we honored a missionary couple who had served for 50 years in a remote Alaskan Wilderness. I was mesmerized by their stories of moving to an area with no electricity, pastoring a church in an Indian Village, and using a small airplane to transport children to Bible Camp. The airplane was able to get them close, but a seven-mile ride up the river was needed for arrival. This faithful husband and wife were presented a globe to commemorate these events, and many more that weren’t mentioned. Imagine giving your life to... View Article

“Getting Ready”

September 22, 2017

Most of us look forward to time away from work with great anticipation. Imagine if you were going to fill those days climbing Mt. Everest. (Don’t stop reading; you aren’t required to do any actual climbing.) You would spend your days in preparation for the big event. Check to make sure you are in the physical shape it takes to accomplish this feat. Check and double check to make sure your gear is rated to withstand the harsh circumstances. Check the tickets you’ll need for airfare and to make sure you have a Sherpa lined up. And the list of... View Article

“Never Forget?”

September 15, 2017

This past week brought a “never forget” moment to the minds of many Americans. It was 16 years ago on 9/11 that terrorists turned airplanes into missiles and forever altered the collective conscience of this country. Many people remembered the fateful day by declaring where they were at when they heard the news of the attack. If you are older than 25, you probably have the particulars of how you found out deeply engraved on your soul. There are many areas of life that could benefit from a call to remembrance. Think about how often you forget something important. An... View Article

“That’s a Wrap”

September 8, 2017

Many here in Eastern Iowa are wondering what happened to our summer. Last weekend’s Labor Day holiday marked the unofficial end of all things tied to warmer weather, but now the temperature has decided it’s had enough and the high today may not get out of the 60’s. In Hollywood speak we could say, “That’s a Wrap” for Summer 2017. When you look back on the best season of the year, what stands out as important? What would you do again? What will you make sure you avoid next year? A quick self-assessment will help you avoid costly and painful... View Article

“Sorry, not Sorry”

September 1, 2017

“#Sorry, Not Sorry” This term has become part of the cultural lingua franca in the last few years. It can leave one confused as you try to decipher if this is an apology or not. (Hint- it’s only an apology for not being apologetic.) This recently played out on a national stage when a cultural commentator retracted a previous apology. She had been called out by all sides of the political class for a picture she was in. Initially her attitude could be described as contrite and humble. But something happened in the last few weeks that made her decide... View Article

Back To School

August 25, 2017

The return to school brought many mixed emotions last week here in Muscatine. Some students were dreading the new routine of early mornings, homework, and regular bedtimes. But on the other hand, many parents were excited to get back to the school year norms that provide a break in planning and preparing activities so the charges don’t get “bored”. A recent cartoon strip captured this sentiment by depicting a mom trying to pry her son off a tree to push him on the school bus. In honor of the students going back to school, consider some things in your life... View Article

“The Time is Now”

August 18, 2017

The news for the last several days has introduced us to Charlottesville Virginia. Two weeks ago, this town of less than 50,000 residents was best known as the home of Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that most residents long for those days to quickly return. That is unlikely to happen as the clash involving “alt-right” protestors placed a permanent stain on their history. In response to the events and dialogue coming out of this melee, I offer some actions to consider. The time is now to seek God’s face for the healing of our... View Article

“Tough Call”

August 11, 2017

The dread of making the phone call overwhelmed any desire to have it checked off the “to-do” list. It was going to a difficult conversation even if the person on the other end was in a great mood. And yet the dialogue had to begin. As I waited for the “hello” to greet me, I was repeatedly and silently praying, “Lord, give me wisdom.” After a few rings, the answering machine picked up and I was off the hook- until I had to try again. There are some of you that know that scenario well. Perhaps you’ve recently had to... View Article