Reminders: Cooperative Leadership

Researchers have determined that Canadian Geese fly many thousands of miles as they migrate.  The researchers have learned that the geese take turns at the point of the V.  They rotate so that some can rest while another goose takes the lead for a while.  Another amazing discovery is that by flying in a V…

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…

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…

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)…

Reminders: Worshipers Anonymous

Pete was leaving church after the Christmas services.  When the pastor greeted him, he said, “Pete, it’s time you joined the army of the Lord.  We need to see you here every Sunday.”  “I’m already in the army of the Lord, Pastor,” Pete replied.  “Then why do we only see you on Christmas and Easter?” …