Reminders: “Joy to the World”

Joy is not just for Christmas time.  We should be singing that song all year long.  When we think of the second line, “The lord has come.” we realize that Jesus doesn’t just come at Christmas, he has promised to be with us always.  Reasons for joy are present every day.  Remember Psalm 118:24: “This…

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…