Reminders: Making God Laugh

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans”.  In Jeremiah 29:11 it says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Does that mean that we…

Reminders: Entertaining Strangers

One cold December evening, several years ago, while living in Calmar, Iowa, ten miles south of Decorah, my husband brought home three young people, a young man and two young women.  He asked if I would fix something for them to eat.  We had already eaten, and I have to admit, I was taken aback…

Food for Thought: Beware of Greed

 A big, burly man visited the pastor’s home, a woman well known for her charitable impulses.  “Madam,” he said in a broken voice, “I wish to draw your attention to the terrible plight of a poor family in this area. The father is dead, the mother is too ill to work, and the nine children…

Reminders: Take Courage

Courage has been defined as, “not the absence of fear, but being afraid and doing the difficult thing anyway.”  We all have our areas of fear, and we think that if we could just conquer our fears, we could do some great things.  If the above definition is true, being brave does not depend on…

Food for Thought: Healthy Skepticism

The cartoon character Popeye is famous for eating spinach.  Whenever he breaks open a can of spinach and eats it, he gains enormous strength. Popeye cartoons were used by the US Government during World War II to promote the idea of eating spinach.  Meat was scarce during the war, but spinach appeared to be a great…

Reminders: Why Me Lord?

God often chooses unlikely candidates to carry out His work.  There was Noah––a drunkard, Abraham and Sarah––an elderly couple, Moses––a stutterer, Rahab––a prostitute, David—an adulterer and murderer, Jonah––a man who tried to run away and hide from God, Matthew––a tax collector, a little boy with five loaves and two fish, and Saul (who became Paul)…

Food for Thought: Price vs Value

Comedy writer Megan Amram wrote, “I just spent $30 on apples at Whole Foods and then dropped both of them!” Reader’s Digest, February 2015, p.95 We all complain about prices.  It is hard for some of us to believe how much prices have gone up over the years.  We try to save money where we can…