Just Five Words

I was asked recently to help in a funeral of a young man who was recently carjacked and killed during that process. What a great tragedy and loss for the family, a terrible waste of a young man’s life. I was praying about what I should say to this family to express the presence and […]


I was asked recently by a teenager what’s the difference between Faith and Hope. Great question since our Advent theme this year is HOPE, and we’ve been talking about how our hope in Christ is not a pipe dream or a “wish it might come true” hope as in a fairy tale. Rather, our hope […]

Above All…..

In light of our troubled times, both nationally and internationally,…… “Above all, love each other deeply…….” – I Peter 4:8a and…. “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are:  Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor […]

Act justly

Life is busy:  deadlines to make, family needs to take care of, world concerns on all of our minds.  So much we stress about is even beyond our control.  It can be overwhelming. Sometimes it’s just good to think about today, only today.  Lord what would you have me do today.  And the Word of […]

It’s not about You.

“It’s not about you”…………I love the first 4 words of Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life”.  It’s so true………or should be. It’s funny to read these words because we live in a world where it seems that it really is about me.  Selfishness rules the day. I spoke (and I use that word loosely) […]


It was a hot day, so I was putting some water on the memorial roses at church.  As I watered the thirsty plants I noticed that as I moved around there were warmer spots in the memorial rose garden area than other spots.  I looked up to see if the sun was hitting me, but […]


I was walking through the Costco parking lot when I saw someone cut into a parking space before the car that was waiting for that space could get in.  The that got cut off honked her horn and aggressively pulled up behind the car that jetted into her parking spot.  I didn’t wait for the […]

Petty Things

Ever notice that the attention of our world is often on “Petty Things”.  We so often argue about non-essentials and often fail to see what’s really of value. Nothing clears up our focus on petty things like a reality check: –         In recent weeks you could complain about the poor air quality here in California…until […]

Ever Feel Gloomy?

Ever feel gloomy? We just had a retired pastor friend of ours pass away. We have another friend dying of cancer. I look at the world around us and think, “Wow, how far have we drifted from the Lord”. Wrongs seem right, and right seems wrong in our world today. It can seem overwhelming at […]