Pastor's Monthly Message

Pastor's Monthly Message - February 2008

The Uncommon Value of the Common

Some of the things that we value most in life through we might not always realize it, are the most common. This fact prompted on author to say, "Genius is recognizing the uniqueness in the unimpressive. It is looking at a homely caterpillar, an ordinary egg and a selfish infant, and seeing a butterfly, an eagle or a saint." Well, that may be the essence of genius. It is the natural curiosity and imagination that makes a child stare at a bug or watch the clouds drift by. Little touches that are common to us all when we're young. Unfortunately, as we grow older, our world usually becomes more complicated, and in the process we lose sight of life's most valuable and lovely things.

Pastor's Monthly Message - September 2007

We Are What We Think

The words of Emerson suggest that there is something stronger than material force - something more than just what we can see and feel and smell and touch. Thoughts rub the world, indeed, mankind. "We are what we think" is a common saying. Thoughts, it seems, are the starting flare for all that ever has been.

Did not the creator make the mid the most complex and intricate part of this amazing machine we call a body? In fact, so complex is the mind that it alone can control the soul - even to the degree of eliminating pain, causing illness, telling us things are true when they are not - even to the point where we believe them.


Pastor's Monthly Message - May 2007

On the world's highest mountains there is a point beyond which no tree can grow. The air is too cool and the growing season too short to sustain a mighty tree. But htere is some plant life in the alpine meadows above the tree line: wildflowers especially adapted for the harsh conditions. Instead of being long-stemmed and large like the flowers lower on the mountain, they are tiny and hug the ground for warmth. Their growing season is short, and perhaps most interesting, some of the flowers face the rising sun in the morning and tun to follow its light all day, until when the sun sets, the flower faces west - a marvelous adaptation to a fierce environment. No longer-stemmed, large flower from the lower reaches could survive above the tree line.

Let Freedom Ring, August 1, 2006

The pride and faith citizens of the United States of America have in their country is particularly evident each July as flags are unflured and fireworks puncture the evening skies. It's a time when Americans contemplate their citizenship - a citizenship many people throughout the world would be honored to share.

The founding fathers of this country believed that the most important thing in the word is a government in which freedom and liberty of the individual is protected. They believed this freedom is basic to our individul development and happiness. They also believed that each person has an obligation to serve society, to assist in the machinery that helps guarantee our freedoms.

Do Not Be Afraid of the Dark - March 1, 2006

Wise and loving parents have often taught us not to fear the dark. Simply because our eyes do not perceive the familiar surroundings seen in the daylight is no reason to fear our path in taking an unexpected turn into uncertainty. And so it is with life.

Too many fear the future with apprehension, with a fear of facing the unknown, perhaps of something ominous awaiting them. Many even suggest the best of life is past, that they will never again experience the good times they once knew. But gratefully such has not been life's pattern. Reality is seldom as bad as our imagination fears.

The Best Part Of Life, February 1, 2006

When we were young, most of us were admonished by our parents to eat our vegetables before the desert. As adults, we are couseled to put business before pleasure. Most of our accomplishments follow this pattern. We put the time, the effort, the expense into a project, and then we reap the rewards and benefits. Those are the rules of the world, we are told. But sometimes life does not follow its own rules.

Sometimes it seems the best parts of life come first. Early on, we have a healthier challenge of youth. We have what seems like endless years to accomplish our wildest dreams. Nothing is beyond the realms of our aspirations. It is as though we are having our desert first in life.

Give What You Have, November 1

We have said in the past that none of us will pass through this life without affecting the lives of others, for no man or woman exists entirely unto themselves.

To some degree, we all depend upon one another. In fact, much of our own happiness is dependant upon others, and comes from those around us. But, interestingly enough, happiness is a result of what we give to our fellow man, not what we take. The most capable individual always seems to be the one most willing to give his time and talent to others.

We should all do well to follow one of John Wesley's simple rules of conduct for living.

What A Moment Can Bring, April 1

It was a clear morning when the family took a dirt road cut-off that edged along the mountaintop. Visibility allowed the sight of layer after layer of blue mountain ranges. They stopped in a meadow overlooking a green valley five thousand feet below to cook breakfast.

The promise of calm was soon broken; however, as they looked across the valley dark thunderclouds began to gather. A slight breeze became a wind, then the blue sky turned black, and rain began to pour on the valley below. The clouds boiled toward them, lightning licking the ridges, and the view disappeared below them. They had just closed the last car door when the rain came. There was nothing to do but sit in the car while the storm worked against them.

Listen To Your Coach, May 1

One distinguishing feature of our way of life is the increasing number of people who are involved in sports or athletic competition. Most young people now participate in some form of organized sports program. And, of course, spectator sports have become a major focus for the use of leisure time in many of our lives.

There are many positive results that can come from athletic competition. The rewards of disciplined practice, the thrill of pursuing an objective as a team, and the wisdom gained from the inevitable wins and losses are among those benefits.

There is another important lesson that successful athletes must learn. Regardless of the athletic powers or native ability, every individual who has aspirations to succeed in the world of competitive sports must first learn to listen to the coach - to listen to the person who has been there before, to the person whose judgement is born of long seasons of preparation and experience. In the coach's advice and counsel that must be place before the noisy urgings of the crowd or even before one's own instincts.

Where Father Lives, July 1

A father died and left a grieving child. "Where is my father now?" she asked, then paused. Scanning a family portrait, she saw his mark on every child, gone deep. One with the father's dark eyes, another with his height, large hands on still another to cup with comfort a slumping shoulder. "That's where my father lives", she cried. Then on into the day shew went, and the dark clouds grew thick around her and the light fled until she knew fear. The woorld is not a safe place", she said, "where is my father now"? When the others trembled and fell back, she kept walking, one footstep at a time, finding only safety in her soul. "That's where my father lives", she said. She came upon an ailing friend along the road and others hurried by. "When someone needs help is when they need it-not some other time", she had heard her father say. She had no time but she still stopped. That's where my father lives".