Posts from August 2021

Posts from August 2021

August 25, 2021

Dear Friends, There are four commands in scripture relating to the Holy Spirit.  Two are positive. Two are negative.  Two things we are commanded to do, and two things we are never to do. One of the positive commands is for us to be filled with the Spirit.  In Ephesians 5, the Bible says we are not to be drunk with (controlled by or under the influence of) wine, but instead, we are to be filled with (or controlled by or under the…

August 18, 2021

Dear Friends, Those of us who grew up in a time when cartoons were only available for viewing on Saturday mornings or for maybe an hour or two after school also grew up in a time when an elementary school education included a healthy dose of patriotism.  Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance was a daily classroom ritual.  In music class, we learned to sing all the verses of America the Beautiful – including the verses about alabaster cities gleaming and heroes…

August 11, 2021

Dear Friends, Are you sick of reading about COVID?  If so, I apologize in advance.  You can skip to the second half of this portion of the newsletter for the latest church-related COVID info. I was all wrong when it came to predicting what was going to happen with COVID.  Like I missed it by a mile. I remember when I first heard about cases in a nursing home in Washington state.  The news media was sounding the alarm and (I thought) blowing…

August 4, 2021

Dear Friends, I received a note a number of years ago from a friend who had spent a year walking through what she described as a very challenging season in her life – a dark night of the soul.  She shared about family members who had faced significant health issues.  There had been conflict in her local church that had ultimately ended with her husband and her deciding they couldn’t stay.  On top of it all, she was facing what…