We are saddened by the loss the Detwiler family has experienced at the passing of their son Eric. They desire to share the testimony of God’s love and grace that was evident at his funeral service and hope it will encourage others.
Further Thoughts on Suffering
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about the glories he’s experienced—glory in suffering for Christ and the glory of a celestial vision. He then goes on to say, “in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me” (v. 7).
“My Ongoing Desire to Be Content”
Being content can be a constant struggle. The struggle between needs and wants and even the path my life has taken cause me to wrestle with just being content in the here and now. Why can’t we do this? Why can’t we have that? Why, why, why? It’s so easy to play the comparison game when we look at the size of someone else’s house or the “perfect” things others post on social media that are not perfect in my reality.
Here are the ancient prayers of confession that Pastor Bob mentioned in a recent message. He uses them in his personal prayer time and would recommend them for others as well, substituting I/my for we/our.
Some have asked about the solo sung at the Good Friday service this year. It is called Why and is sung in the clip below by Nicole Nordeman.
I remember waking up in high school feeling overwhelming joy with the Lord! These days, I say “good morning” to him with a cringe, a painful awareness of my sin and the feeling that I fall so short in every measure. Where has my joy gone? How do I get it back?
“Not a ‘Ditto'”
Do you ever find yourself with the opportunity to spend some time people-watching? After sitting for a while, do you find yourself wondering, “Who really is this person I’m looking at? What do they like? What concerns them? What are their complexities, etc.?” How easy it is to go through life and not think about others outside of how they relate to ourselves!
“Life Is Like a Box of…Crayons”
A crayon is a useful thing. It can be used to create beautiful artwork, things that bring joy. It can be used to fashion objects of usefulness: labels, restroom signs, warning signs.
“Step into the Light”
Have you ever visited a cave? I’ve been in a few, but most recently I’ve been through Wolf Cave at McCormick’s Creek State Park. A friend and I ventured in, but neither of us had thought ahead and brought a flashlight. I’m not claustrophobic, but this was the closest I’ve ever been to being so. Wandering through that cave
“I thank my God…”
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people…For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his