Beyond the Bulletin

Are You Ready to Sing?

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:16-17) Our »

We Will Feast in the House of Zion

Feast. We don't use that word much anymore. We attend dinners, receptions, barbecues or banquets, but when was the last time you received an invitation to a feast? Sounds exciting - a feast! I hearkens back to a time when a long table was set to accommodate a huge crowd. Instead of queuing up in a buffet line or waiters »

Dear VBS Skeptic

Dear VBS Skeptic, I was a VBS skeptic. I thought it was a lot of work with little return. From the outside looking in, it looked like glorified summer babysitting and free childcare. Every church in town hosts a VBS program so why should we bother? My jaded thoughts and perceptions went on and on without considering the impact VBS »

Lord, Teach Us How To Pray

“Lord, teach us how to pray.” What a striking request from the disciples! After being a part of Jesus’ ministry for some time now, they have seen many miraculous works done by Jesus - feeding 5000, walking on water, raising someone form the dead, calming the storm, healing the sick, casting out demons, and much more. And yet, their request »

Refusing the Gift, Honoring God

But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none.” And Naaman urged him to take it, but he refused. (2 Kings 5:16) Naaman, commander of the Syrian army, had a problem. He was a leper. All his power and triumphs on the battlefield could not cleanse him of this blot on his person. »