Pastor's Message

I am about to do a new thing: now it springs forth...

do you not perceive it?  (Isaiah 43: 19)

New, fresh, recent, novel untouched.  Newborn, new beginnings, new creation, new covenant, new and imporved.  For the most part, we associate "new" with something better, greater possibilities, excitement, mystery, anticipation, energy, opportunities.  I am amazed and comforted that God always leaves room for something "new."  God always gives God's people a chance to move forward and/or, if necessary, to put the past behind and begin again.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season…

was emblazoned upon the sweatshirt of the woman standing behind me in line.  “O, really!”  I thought.  She was breathing quite heavily, complaining to the person behind her how inconsiderate it was of the person in front of me not to have all the necessary cards, coupons, ID, etc. ready before getting in line, and generally making it clear that she was not pleased about having to wait in such a long line.  “I’ll be so happy when Christmas is over and things can get back to normal,” she voiced.  “It’s only the first week in December,” I thought.  “Long way to go.”

Legend of the Frog

Friends -

On a recent trip to Salamanca, we toured the university that sat in the middle of the city.  The facade of the church on campus was decorated with intricate stone carvings.  Our guide told us that the artist had carved a tiny frog into the stone and the tradition among the students was that, if you could find the frog, you were guaranteed success in your academic endeavors.  Since I had turned the final draft of my thesis into the school before leaving on vacation, I was determined that I was not going to leave the premises before finding the tiny creature.