62 Christmas Celebrations and Counting!

Can Christmas be upon us already? It seems that it was just a short time ago that I took down the decorations from last year. How it has changed from when I was a child. Then, Christmas had this magical quality that filled the house with good smells and wonderful gatherings of family and friends.

The house was beautifully decorated and I would lie under the Christmas tree looking up at the brightly colored lights and be amazed at the wonder of it all. Being the pastor’s kid, there was all the church activities and services and like every other child I struggled to learn my lines for the annual program. Looking back on it now I realized that I have very little to do with the Christmas season happening. Mostly, I had to take a bath, dress nicely and show up.

2017 - Living Between Hope and Anxiety

It’s another New Year’s Day and you are finally waking up after having a good time celebrating last night. As you rub your eyes awake you see the light creeping out of the edges of the window coverings and you being to ponder what this New Year will be like and what it will bring. If you are like me, you are hoping that 2017 will be a good year for you the ones you love and yet, there is some anxiety what new concerns and challenges we will face in the days ahead.

That’s how I feel about St. John in 2017. In a couple of weeks, we will be giving you the final report from Dr. Bill McKinney to read about the things he has learned and the options he is offering for our church. Shortly thereafter we should be assigned the one who will be our coach for the next year and a half, who will train us in new ideas in ministry.

Living as if Easter Really Matters

Okay, I get it, resurrections are scary! I mean, What do you do with someone who is supposed to be dead and you saw them die with your own eyes? Mary cried in fear in the garden, the Apostles hid in fear behind closed locked doors. And even when Jesus appeared to them, Thomas doubted that he was real. This is a life changing event and it was difficult for those early Jesus believers to get a handle on how to go forward with a resurrected Lord. Jesus had to remind Peter three times to feed and take care of his sheep and give up fishing for good and he told all his disciples that they were to take message to all the world, preaching, teaching and baptizing in HIS name. Then, Jesus told the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait there for the Holy Spirit to empower them to know how to live and work without Him when he returned to heaven. In other words, the disciples had to figure out every day how to live as if Easter really matters. Jesus is Alive, now what do they say and do that shows the Risen Christ as a part of their lives.


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Lincoln, IL 62656

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