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It’s no secret that large numbers of Americans have been afflicted with significant levels of anxiety over the last decade. Though we’ve known this for some time, the problem … more
Often when we look at the world around us we find people we just don’t agree with. When I say this, I mean we are right, they are wrong, end of the story and to have a conversation about this … more
Of late, this business of justice has been on my mind, probably because I’ve been concerned that the modern concept of “social justice” doesn’t seem to be very much about … more
It is fall! It is a season of change! The kids are going back to school; there will be football games and other sports! Harvest is here, and the fields are ripe with the fruits of the labors from … more
Jesus Christ sometimes taught with parables to help us understand spiritual truths. In Matthew chapter 25, you can read about the Parable of the Talents. In this parable, a man called his servants … more
As I visited all of our churches throughout the state on my inaugural “tour de Wyoming,” one of the consistent topics that surfaced was a longing to revitalize our worship — both to … more
We have lived in Wyoming for 19 years. I was hoping for 30, but last week, my bride and I began another journey. We have moved back to Tennessee. The last 19 years have been a wonderful ride with … more
One day Jesus told his disciples about a special wedding that would someday take place. It was planned to be an evening wedding. Each guest was asked to bring an oil lamp to light the way for the … more
Last summer I went through the painful process of installing a sprinkler system at my house. Now, we’ve lived in said house for several years, so I was so excited to finally put away the hoses … more
Pruning is the art of removing parts of a plant — sometimes drastically enough to make passersby weep — in order for the plant to be healthier and bear more fruit. To the uninitiated, … more
It was more common in older Christian teachings to hear about dying well. Life expectancy was much lower back then. Medical treatment was not nearly as advanced as it is today. The infant … more
For several years at New Life Church, from June through August, we preach out of the Psalms at Sunday worship. We call this “Summer in the Psalms.” The Psalms are one of the favorites … more
Grace and peace to you all! God commands us to speak truthfully and charitably about our neighbors so that others view them in the best possible light. As Christians, we are expected to improve … more
In the first century, after Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, the early church got its start, according to the book of Acts. It must have been a really challenging time for … more
It is ironic that Christianity, which historically has been a forerunner of personal freedom, political freedom, economic freedom and religious freedom, is commonly seen as the enemy of freedom. Many … more
Quickly time passes. We don’t notice it often as we rarely stop and gain perspective as we are always in a hurry from one job to the next, one sport to the next, or one doldrum to another. … more
A great truth that everyone needs to be constantly reminded of in our time and place is that Jesus did not come to free us to sin, but to free us from sin. Sin is anything that falls short of … more
This is the opening line of a hymn written by William M. James in 1979 for the United Methodist congregation he was serving in New York. He was a champion of civil rights and he led his congregation … more
This is a special time of the year as we celebrate the Easter season and the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. During Jesus’s mortal life, there was much unrest in the old world — and … more
For years now I have been hearing about safe places. Safe places on college and university campuses. Safe places in secondary schools and elementary schools. Some safe places even in … more
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