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Noble Things are Difficult

With me in tow, my grandfather who had a trace of southern brogue would often empty one pen of cattle to go through a gate to another saying, “Enter ye in the strait gate…because strait is the gate and narrow the way.” I didn’t know if he was scolding me or entertaining me. Now I [...]

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Weight

Weight Weight. Heavy.   All of our teachers and students are back in their routine.  It’s all that is on my mind.  My daughter is driving herself for the first time to daily 5:30 AM swim practice; I’m tortured.  My neighbors are both giddy and afraid with the thousands of students who have come back to [...]

Grow Up in Every Way

Ephesians 4:15a “grow up in every way.” We are worshiping together all over the world in the liturgical calendar we call “Ordinary Time” marked by the color Green. I learned in Sunday School that it is a time of “the unfolding of the new creation.” We purposefully invest time and resources in becoming new creations. [...]

Be Ready

Luke 12:40 “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” In the next several weeks we will say goodbye to three of our co-laboring friends. We know already that Carl McCormack is retiring June 30th, and Travis and Sydne Allen have announced [...]

A Time of Rest

Whew! You made it through Easter. It was glorious. There’s nothing better than a post-Easter nap and time off. I send this note with a prayer for all of us who lift up Christ that we find rest body and soul. So, I pass along a little note written and then spoken over the BBC [...]

a little quiet treat for you

I came upon this little, powerful poem.  I share it with you who come today to the Church after a busy Ash Wednesday and the kick off of the Lent Season.  Peace of Christ to you.  I hope it energizes you and take your breath away if but for a moment.  Scott Knoxville:  1915 by [...]

Lord, I will follow thee

Luke 9:61, “Lord, I will follow thee, but first let me go…bid them farewell, which are at my house.” I feel both the emotion and the logic in this sentence, don’t you? Most of us aim to be logical, common sensical and emotionally intelligent. We have the goal in sight before we plan and work [...]

Highlights from the 142nd Stated Meeting of Palo Duro Presbytery

God above was worshiped in community in the beautifully renovated sanctuary of First Central Presbytery in Abilene, Texas. The collection plate from the worship service was donated to the Kenya Water Well (also known lovingly as the Bore Hole Water Project) and Mother Esther's Schools and Rescue Centers in the amount of a cool $1,000.00. [...]

“All My Springs of Joy are in You”

"All My Springs of Joy are in You" Psalms 87:7 On the coldest week of the year, I send you a vase of Forget Me Nots beautifully painted to encourage you and bring a smile to your face.  Are you a little tired?  I am.  But I’m also energized.  You can be both, right?  It [...]

“Sticking My Neck Out”

“I have appeared to you for this purpose.”  Acts 26:16  These are words about Paul’s encounter with the risen Lord.  Jesus says in a very deliberate, non-coincidental way to Paul and each of us -  Your whole life is to be led by Me; you are to have no aim but mine.  Mine.  When we [...]

Better than Butter

I sat with a friend in a hospital waiting room yesterday, and we talked about our favorite Christmas memory. It’s a parlor game this time of year all over the world. I’m a bit surprised that most favorite Christmas’ have heart break or pain associated with them. As I look back, I think about those [...]

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