March 17, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear Beloved Christ-followers of the Porterville UM Churches,

In all things we strive to be faithful, steadfast and prayerful.  Amid this, the COVID-19 virus presents unprecedented challenges to us.  These fast-changing times led our Governor to an...

August 28, 2017

Some time ago, I read a life-changing book titled, Never Call Them Jerks. Though I can’t summarize the book in a phrase, for our purposes, it taught me so much about what I say about others reveals what I think about me. This week I saw a phrase that made me think of t...

August 1, 2017

I was driving home after the Trustee meeting and something was different. The sky was not the same. The air was not the same. It had a scent to it. I got in my car and started to drive north and I saw what had altered my world and everyone else’s in the city. Lindsay H...

May 30, 2017

Lots' of people are talking about habits these days, but what do they mean really? The Early Church Fathers thought of habits a little differently ...

April 26, 2017

When there is a cloudy day sometimes the mountains look clearer. When there is a furious cloudburst sometimes the sun shining elsewhere makes a rainbow. The greatest seasons of spiritual growth are often during the times of highest trauma. Our greatest discoveries ofte...

March 29, 2017

How I love the Easter season! These are the high holy days of the Christian faith. Of course, all days with Jesus are high and holy but these even more so. They are worth savoring, preparing for with the uttermost attention and focus. A filled tomb became empty which a...

March 17, 2017

“My dad can beat up your dad!” So the taunt went. Wishing to assert ourselves and make ourselves feel better we asserted that her dads were tougher, stronger, and most adept at fighting than anybody else’s dad. And that made us feel better.

I remember the first time I h...

March 2, 2017

I set my mind on you, Jesus, my life.
As my thoughts drift throughout the day please return them often to you. Let the beginning and ending of each thought cycle be of you.
Let your kingdom flourish in my mind and produce thoughts of peace, kindness, gentleness, and se...

January 9, 2017

Another year and sprung into being.  In some way it is simply the passing of time over the border of another year. In another sense we measure time in units that make them significant.  So we share this experience this passage of time as the New Year!

January, most...

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A memorable Christmas of mine stretches back a few years. I was under 10 years old but older than five, I think. I remember unwrapping a big present. It came up to my waist at the time. It was a chemistry set that my mom had picked up at a yard sale. The slightly ruste...

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