Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  And I’m wondering are you ready for tomorrow?  I don’t mean tomorrow like, an eternal sense, but I mean Thanksgiving.  What are you going to be doing?  I know that we’ve heard on the news a lot of things we shouldn’t do or where we shouldn’t be or who we shouldn’t see.  A lot of things that we get rid of.  But what are you doing on Thanksgiving?  Are you taking time to give thanks?  Even in the midst of everything that is different and strange, maybe all by yourself or with a small group this year, are you dwelling on the negative or are you dwelling on thankfulness?  What will you be doing tomorrow?  Celebrating Thanksgiving? Or mourning Thanksgiving?  I’m just wondering.  Have a blessed day and a great Thanksgiving and don’t forget to watch the worship package [online] Thanksgiving morning.  Have a great day. 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Good morning and welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  I know that sometimes you can ignore these calls.  I know you may not want to listen. But I’m asking you today to listen.  More importantly, to even take the next step and look at this devotional, to read it, and to apply it!  Whether it be in the email or whether it be on the website.  Again, to give thanks to the LORD. 

Psalm 107:1-2, 8  “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story, those He redeemed from the hand of the foe…  Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for all of humanity, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  It has been a tough year and yet, God is good.  And we need to be reminded of that as we break bread together, as we pray for one another, and as we again give thanks to God.

So, take the next step: listen, read and apply this whole idea of grace revisited.  God bless.  Have a wonderful day. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  What I’m wondering is, what is the square root of 49?  Or who was the first president of the United States?  Or how many states are there in the Union?  Or what is the capital of Colorado? 

Or maybe this: How many books are in the New Testament?  What type of insect did John the Baptist eat in the desert?  What is the shortest book in the New Testament?  Or how about: according to the gospel of Matthew, where does Jesus’ first public sermon take place? 

What’s my point?  We value knowledge.  But so often we value knowledge that has very little to do with Jesus.  So I’m wondering this day, how smart are you when it comes to the gospel, to the story of Jesus, to God’s plan for this crazy world?  How biblically literate are you?  I know I could be a whole lot smarter.  I’m just wondering!  Have a great and blessed day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  I’m wondering if you thought winter was here on Sunday?  Oh my, was it cold!!  And the snow!  I just was not ready for that! 

As I thought about warming up, there’s nothing better than a nice fire, especially in a fireplace.    But remember this – a little sign that’s above one fireplace: “If your heart is cold, my fire cannot warm it.”  Wow. 

It is only God that can warm our hearts.  And I’m wondering today, how warm is your heart?  How filled are you with God?  Are you hot, and excited about your relationship with God?  Burning zeal, very warm?  Or lukewarm, or cold, or icy? 

This morning let’s pray together this prayer: “Lord, keep my heart warm.  Stop me when I rev my motor and get to moving too fast toward stuff I think will make me happy.  Guard me from this stupid tendency to substitute things for You.”  Let’s get the warmth of God fired up within each of us and change our world.  Have a great day.  Thanks for wondering!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  Not only do we need hope, but we need some joy!  And I’ve been really thinking about this lately. 

And so it’s Hallowe’en this week. How about this?  Where does a ghost go on vacation?  Mali-boo….  Yeah, or I like this one…  Why did the DNR officer give the ghost a ticket?  Because he didn’t have a haunting license…  

We need some joy in our life.  Part of that is also singing, songs, music.  Ephesians chapter 5 says, … “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:19)  And I don’t mean just on Sundays in church.  I mean every day, every moment, singing a song, a tune in your heart.  There’s a melody there.  Something that brings joy!  So, have some joy, laugh a little bit, and enjoy the life God has given us. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  I’m wondering if certain words describe your feelings right now: frustrated, angry, disappointed, fearful, scared, weak…?  I could go on.  But what I’m really wondering is whether or not the words of Joshua chapter 1, in the early verses, ring true to who we are today: “Be strong and courageous.”  Folks, it’s not about climbing a mountain, or diving deep into the sea, or fighting a fight.  It’s about being courageous and strong in every day, in every moment – whether it be COVID or whether it be going to the grocery store. It’s time for us to step up and show courage and strength that is rooted in Christ.  So, just take a moment.  Ask yourself: what words describe you today, right now, and are you strong and courageous?  Have a great day!  God bless.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Good morning and welcome to Wednesday Wonderings. I think we’d all agree that we’ve been facing some adversity within our lives.  What’s interesting is what Scripture says about adversity, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”  That’s Proverbs 24.  What’s interesting to me though is a quote from a Scottish writer that said, “Adversity is sometimes hard upon a person, but for one who can stand prosperity there are a hundred that can stand adversity.  Precious few are those who can live in the lap of luxury.”
We seem to lose our direction when we don’t have to wonder about what is going on.  Adversity strikes and life become simple.  So, I wonder how simple have our lives gotten?  I’m wondering whether or not we’re able to focus in this difficult time and simplify.  We’ve been doing fine for many years, and within that luxury, maybe we’ve lost focus.  Now’s a time to refocus and to simplify.  Have a great day and thanks for wondering.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday Wonderings!  It was a few weeks ago that I had the opportunity to celebrate my mother’s 89th birthday.  That’s right, she turned 89!  It was a great time of fellowship and fun with some of my siblings and my mom, but it also made me think, if she is 89, I must be 88!  Well, you know what I mean.  I’m getting old. 

Many of us think about that – getting old; whether it be physically or mentally or whatever, getting old is sometimes a challenge especially in our society.  But God says, “Even to your old age, gray hairs and all, I am He. I am He who will sustain you, I have made you, I will carry you, I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:4)  It’s kind of a great thing to hear!  Doesn’t matter young or old, it doesn’t matter anything – if we’re a child of God, God is always there.  So, maybe we’re all getting older.  But God is still there by our side.  Have a great day!
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  I’m wondering if you worshiped this weekend.  That’s right.  What a wonderful thing it was to get back together inside of church and to hear folks praise God together.  It was simple – focused on the Word of God, focused on prayer, focused on praise.  The basics.  It’s really simple!  Just pick up your Bible and take a look.  You’ll see we’re called to teaching, and to fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer, to equipping one another for service, for the building up of the body. Folks, it’s pretty basic.  And I hope and I pray that as we continue to move forward that we move forward with those basics: standing in the word of God the rock, sharing the good news of Christ, helping people to find hope and grace in the world today.  I hope you get back to the basics.  I hope we get back to the basics and change our world for the better.  God bless. Have a great day.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  I’m wondering if you watched any football this past Sunday.  In particular, did you watch the Dallas Cowboys game where it came down to the last few minutes and an onside kick?  And sure enough, they actually got that onside kick!  It never works!  Never!  But it did for them. 

I thought it was interesting that when I choose this Wednesday Wonderings, it started out with a story about the Cowboys.  But I chose it over a week ago.  So God must really want us to remember that it ain’t over till it’s over.  Or as He tries to teach us in Proverbs 19:21; “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” 

Hey, it ain’t over.  We’re called to keep moving on.  Keep striving, stressing, struggling to succeed in what?  In knowing that God is in control.  That God is good and that our future is in God’s hands.  So, it ain’t over.  Keep on keepin’ on.  And remember God’s plans are the best.

Hope you have a great, great week and I hope you recover an onside kick.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  I know, you saw the number, you heard my voice, “Let’s stay connected… blah, blah, blah.”  But I really want you to listen.  I really would like you to think about isolation or involvement.  Yeah, it just seems so apropos given our current situation.  Isolation or involvement?  We’ve been pushed into isolation, yet Scripture from Proverbs 18 says, “An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends, they defy all sound judgment.  A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinion.”  Isolation is really unhealthy, and I know many people feel isolated.  So take a look at this Wednesday Wonderings.  Ask the question and connect with somebody and get involved.  God bless, and have a great day.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday – I can’t believe we’re still – Wondering.  That’s right!  We’re six months into what I thought was going to be a few weeks of COVID-19. And over the last few weeks I’ve realized that this whole thing has really, REALLY caused a lot of stress, anxiety and tension in all aspects of my life and our lives.  And I’ve realized that there are a lot of cracks in my wall.  It’s caused me to really examine what’s important.  It’s caused me to examine what it means to be a church, what it means to be a father, a husband, what it means to be a person who supposedly is a Christian.  Have we examined our lives?

We’re about ready to begin a new church year.  We’re about ready to face yet another journey with this whole COVID-19.  How about it?  In Mark chapter 7 it says, “’Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,

    but their hearts are far from me.

They worship me in vain;

    their teachings are merely human rules.’

 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.’”

What are we holding on to?  Is it the right thing?  Are we honoring God in all we do?  Let’s examine our life and continue to wonder and continue to overcome COVID-19.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  I hope that today you will give me a little bit of latitude.  It was a challenging weekend.  You see, Sunday morning at 2AM our wonderful, faithful dog died in my lap at home.  Later on that morning, Jenny and I went out, dug a grave, and buried her next to her dad.  You know, a lot of us love our pets.  Some people think we’re crazy – it’s just a dumb ol’ dog.  Yet, they can teach us so much and they can enrich our lives. 

It’s interesting that in Proverbs it says in chapter 12 verse 10, “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”  Huh.  So if we’re kind to our animals, that means we’re closer to being who God wants us to be.  Interesting!  I didn’t even know that.  But, I hope you take the time to read the devotional that is attached to an email that you get or to our website.  It’s just a simple devotional that talks about what dogs can teach us about God and how they can impact our lives. 

Again, we loved Izzy.  She got to die at home with us.  It wasn’t easy, it isn’t easy, but God gave us a gift.  So thanks for listening, thanks for the latitude.  Have a great day.  God bless.

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