As I write this devotion a group from our church is being strengthened by a “mountain top experience.” This group of 10 youth, 4 adult leaders, and 5 volunteers have been part of the National Youth Gathering (NYG) of the LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod). A total of 22,000 youth and adul…

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel 3 is one of the most famous events in the Bible. Nebuchadnezzar constructed a giant statue. The image was 90 feet tall and 9 fee…

Monday, July 15, 2019

Our youth group is serving this week in Mountain Village. Mountain Village is a community of 800 people in western Alaska. It is the first mountain from the mouth of the Yukon River.…

Friday, July 12, 2019
Thursday, July 11, 2019

All information reported in the Police Beat is obtained from police department press releases. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

I am obsessed with thinking about life and life’s meaning. I was born into a devout Baptist family. This meant that we constantly looked to the Bible for guidance. Recently I decided…

Monday, July 08, 2019

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to serve at girls’ camp as a youth camp leader for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As camp leaders ages 15 to 18-years-old, …

Friday, July 05, 2019

You know the old saying. “There are two things not to discuss in public — religion and politics.” Yes, I know I’m treading on dangerous ground, but religion, or better termed, faith,…

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

The Bible is an amazing Book! Written by forty different authors, over fifteen hundred years, in three different languages, on three different continents and yet there are no errors …

Monday, July 01, 2019

This past Easter, as I studied the Savior’s death and resurrection, I was struck yet again by Pilate’s comment to Christ, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). I wonder what tone he used. H…

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Kathy and I have worked quite a number of hours together on our yard and garden this year. Thankfully, the time spent shows. Our lawn looks green and lush. In fact, because I worked …

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The text of the Declaration of Independence was ratified on July 4, 1776. The colonists felt unfairly taxed, watched over like children and ignored in their attempts to effect change…

Monday, June 24, 2019

Last summer my greenhouse was full of beautiful, tall plants with many leaves and wonderful buds. While I thought everything was going well, near the end of the season, I discovered …

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Bible is the cherished collection of writings from both the Israelite and Christian traditions. There are both unifying and dissenting themes in that beloved volume. The greatest…

I was watching a baseball broadcast the other day and heard the announcers ask a question which stuck me. They asked, “Who was your favorite baseball player when you were growing up?…

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

International travelers know that long flights can be grueling. For those returning from military service abroad, travel time seems to stretch and slow as we make our way home. I fel…