A Surprising Detour in the Pursuit of Happiness

Christopher Parkening, considered to be the world's greatest classical guitarist, achieved his musical dreams by the age of thirty. By then he was also a world-class fly-fishing champion. However, his success failed to bring him happiness. Weary of performances and recording sessions, Parkening bought a ranch and gave up on the guitar. But instead of … Continue reading A Surprising Detour in the Pursuit of Happiness

Ocotober 31st and the Re-Discovery of Grace

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, at the time a Roman Catholic monk and theology professor, nailed a protest letter to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, where he taught at the local university. The letter is known as his 95 Theses, a protest against the sale of indulgences, among other things. Essentially, indulgences could be … Continue reading Ocotober 31st and the Re-Discovery of Grace

Grace for Those Who Grieve On Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is tomorrow. For many, this is a day of celebration and thanksgiving. We have had wonderfully devoted, loving and sacrificial mothers. We have been blessed with children and grandchildren. Yet, for others, it is a day of deep pain, sadness and regret. Some mothers have neglected and abused their children. For these (often … Continue reading Grace for Those Who Grieve On Mother’s Day

“Out of the Harbor” – Genesis 12:1-9 (sermon audio & notes)

This is message #3 in our sermon series, The Faith-FULL Life. In 1620, the Mayflower left the safety of an English harbor and set sail for the New World. There were compelling reasons to board, including the promise of a new life of freedom for this band of religious non-conformists whom we call Pilgrims. But … Continue reading “Out of the Harbor” – Genesis 12:1-9 (sermon audio & notes)