The beginnings of spring within your winter

January 13, 2017 at 3:00 am

Dec. 21 was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year – not much daylight. On that evening, there was a worship service held at the Moses Lake United Methodist Church. It is referred to as a “Longest Night” or “Blue Christmas” servi...

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A lesson learned from an unlikely source

January 06, 2017 at 3:00 am

I fill my two bird feeders in the morning. One contains nyjer or thistle seed; the goldfinches favor these. The other has sunflower seed. A variety of birds are drawn to them: mostly house finches, doves and red-winged black birds. I have t...

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The time for charitable giving should be for all times

December 30, 2016 at 10:16 am

There are 12 days of Christmas — a season that extends from Dec. 25 to Jan. 25 I’m not legalistic about activities within those dates. For example, we ordinarily put up our Christmas tree sometime in early December and take it down simply w...

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My father continues to teach me

December 16, 2016 at 3:00 am

On the 14th of December, my father celebrated his 97th birthday. Some six months ago, a group of 12 of us took him out for dinner at a local restaurant in Port Townsend. This was a bit of an undertaking but well worth the effort. Dad went o...

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A time for war, a time for peace

December 09, 2016 at 3:00 am

Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 8b — “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven… A time for war, and a time for peace.”The ugly reality is that war has always been a fact of life on our planet. Clans, tribes and natio...

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May I give you my two cents?

November 25, 2016 at 3:00 am

In Luke, Chapter 21, verses 1-4, Jesus observes the behavior of financial giving in the temple. He sees the rich putting money into the treasury as well as a poor widow who puts in two copper coins. The widow is destitute, but gives “all th...

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As a nation, what are we to do?

November 18, 2016 at 3:00 am

Reflecting upon our current political climate, my daughter asked me something the other day: “Dad, where is God?”I told her that God is right here.When I read Scripture, I don’t see a bed of roses — in fact, quite the opposite. The Old Test...

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In as much as: Serving ‘the least of these’ in Mexico

November 11, 2016 at 1:54 pm

What does a cement block and 20 people have in common? Both were committed to providing basic shelter to a family in desperate need. On a recent mission trip to Mexico I met with 20 people from Indiana and Virginia, current or former member...

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Armed with faith: Movie shows World War II exploits of unarmed medic


October 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Desmond Doss climbed up Hacksaw Ridge — a 400-foot high escarpment on the island of Okinawa with a wall of dug in Japanese soldiers at the top — he carried his Bible, his combat medic supplies and the weight of his m...

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All creatures great and small

October 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

“Then the Lord said, ‘And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?’” (Jonah 4:10–11...

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