"No Coveting!" I finished up with my sermon series on the Ten Commandments yesterday, preaching on the ninth commandment against lying, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."As I will be away for the Labor Day weekend next Sunday, I will not be able to preach on the tenth and last commandment, which is inExodus 20:17, "You shall not covet your neigh...Keep Reading
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Youth Mission Trip 2023!! New Orleans! The first day of the Youth Mission Trip began with a bang, while we had a couple issues we persevered and remained positive. Leaving the church at 4:00 this morning to start the day, on our way to the Baltimore airport our first turmoil came with the Conowingo Dam not working and a detour being taken. Finally reaching the airport we discovered the news that the plane was delayed forty-five minutes, leaving us to discover and explore the airport. After the wait we finally and safely boarded the plane, flying out and reaching New Orleans with a congratulations from the Southwest crew on our mission courtesy of Alexa Musser chatting with the attendant....
“We Are Gathered By God” There is a woman who is sitting home alone reading her Bible. There is another woman who is at the church sitting around a table surrounded by styrofoam cups, as she serves on a committee trying to plan next summer’s Vacation Bible School and mission experience for the children. The question I want to ask you is, “Which of these two women is more deeply involved in the kingdom of God?” ...
"To Tell The Truth" A few months ago, I watched the movie,"Richard Jewell."Richard Jewell was the security guard who discovered a bomb in Atlanta's Centennial Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics.The bomb exploded killing a woman and injuring over 100 people, but not before Jewell had alerted authorities and personally directed scores of visitors away from the bomb si...Keep Reading
"Faith in the Fog" It was great to be back outside for worship at 8:00 am yesterday.I was a little nervous making the early morning ride to church from Kirkwood, because it was so foggy and hard to see very far in front of me when I was driving.And even though it didn't rain this week, and we were able to remain outside at 8:00, it was still foggy throughout most of t...Keep Reading
"Yours, Mine, God's" There's a famous story that St. Augustine tells in his Confessions about a time he and his friends snuck into an orchard one evening and stole a bunch of pears.Later on as he reflected on it, Augustine admitted that he stole those pears simply for the thrill of it.His family wasn't rich.In fact, he had everything he needed.He even said he had bette...Keep Reading
"God's Plans" "Well, it was inevitable.""It had to happen sometime.""It couldn't go on forever.""Don't forget, this is Pennsylvania!"These were just some of the thoughts and comments that I heard yesterday morning, as the heavy rain forced us indoors for our 8:00 am service.This was the first time that bad weather had chased us inside on a Sunday morning since we began ...Keep Reading
This is a tabular listing of key needs for the Solanco Food Bank. ...Keep Reading
"Love for a Lifetime" A minister decided to try something a little different one Sunday morning at church.He said to the congregation, "Today I'm going to say a single word and you're going help me preach.Whatever word I say, I want you to sing the first hymn that comes to mind."And with that, the pastor shouted out the word, "Cross."Immediately folks started singing, "...Keep Reading
"X-Raying Your Faith" As I shared over the weekend, I suffered a fall last week while exercising, and wound up cracking 2 ribs.Unfortunately, there is not much the doctors can do, as ribs can't be splinted or put into a cast.It is going to take the normal healing time for broken bones, which is around 6-8 weeks. It is certainly one of the more painful injuries I have...Keep Reading
"Summer Faith" The alarm goes off.You leap out of bed and grab a quick shower.You shovel in a bowl of cornflakes and hurry out to the car, giving your spouse a peck on the cheek and reminding them not to forget that tonight is "Pizza Night."On your way to the office, you drop by Starbucks for your morning caffeine fix.You swerve from one lane to another all the way to...Keep Reading