Sunday Morning Live Stream

by Ginger Smith

At this time Covid-19 has made it impossible for us as a congregation to gather together and listen to the word Pastor Joe has prepared for us. Brother Tory and Pastor Joe have developed an alternative that will allow us as a congregation to continue to worship the Lord together. They have set up a […]

Every Sheep a Shepherd?

by Pat Finnegan

As we heard in Pastor Joe’s sermon on Sunday, we are all called to be shepherds of God’s sheep. We care for one another. We feed one another both physically and spiritually. We call each other back when we go astray. How does a good shepherd accomplish this when people are so much more complex than sheep? Let’s take a cue from John 10:14-15.

A True Panacea for Church Ills

by Pat Finnegan

The Disease Last week, while searching for articles on church health, I ran into an interesting post on the web. I didn’t catch the title at first, I just assumed it was about church health because that’s what I had searched for. However, the short excerpt shown by the search engine was describing a set […]

Devotional Illustration – Prayer Without Ceasing

by Pat Finnegan

Martin Luther, a sixteenth-century monk, and a deeply pious man, led Christ’s Church into the Protestant Reformation. The collection of conversations he had with his students, entitled Table Talk, includes this quote about praying with ceasing as we are commanded in scripture. Martin Luther tells us that even the busiest of us can bolster our […]

Devotional Illustration – Prayer

by Pat Finnegan

The twentieth-century lecturer, researcher and writer, Evelyn Underhill, while a noted academic, was also well-known for her personal insights and devotional life. In her book, The Essentials of Mysticism, she encourages us to apply diligence and a single-minded determination to our spiritual growth, specifically in the area of prayer. Ms. Underhill applies the metaphor of […]

Devotional Illustration – The Inner Life

by Pat Finnegan

Sadhu Sundar Singh, in his book, With and Without Christ, tells this parable of a scientist searching for the source of life in the body of a bird. In the story, a logical and scientific approach to understanding such a profound mystery did not serve the scientist well. Here Sundar aptly illustrates that purely physical […]

Devotional Illustration – Humility

by Pat Finnegan

In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story, The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne had been outcast by the town and forced to wear the scarlet letter “A” on her clothing because of an adulterous affair. Although her reputation seemed ruined forever, a life of kindness and service, over a number of years, had changed the attitudes of her neighbors […]

Devotional Illustration – Distraction

by Pat Finnegan

Andrew Marvell, in this excerpt from his poem A Dialogue between the Soul and the Body, illustrates the struggle of an eternal soul entrapped in mortal flesh. Marvell describes this soul as being overwhelmed by the physical senses, distracted by the otiose thoughts of a carnal mind, and led astray by a deceitful heart. Here […]