Private: Encouraging Words

Read Lamentations 3:22-24 Thought for the Day: My hope is in God! The call of pastoral ministry means being with families during times of joy like the birth of a new baby as well as grief like the death of a loved one. Pastors lead worship services...

Read Habakkuk 3:17-18 Thought for the Day: Today, I can always choose joy. In his book, Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis gave us a wonderful understanding of joy. Lewis grew up in a non-religious home, but at an early age learned to love ancient myths. This was...

Read Luke 2:1-21 Thought for the Day: The GIGO Principle! In the early days of home computers, the phrase “Garbage in, garbage out” (GIGO) gained popularity. Those of us who owned our first computer really didn’t understand how they worked. However, we soon discovered the power of...

Read John 15:9-17 Thought for the Day: Love is why we celebrate Christmas! O’Henry’s beloved 20th Century Christmas story, “The Gift of the Magi” reminds us that the best gifts are rooted in sacrificial love. O’Henry introduces us to a young couple (Della and Jim). They are...

Read Luke 2:1-7  Thought for the Day: Jesus asks me to follow Him and live humbly! Before any aspiring taxi-cab driver can begin collecting fares in London, he or she must first pass the infamous “The Knowledge”. Considered one of the world’s toughest tests, it was first...

Verse of the Day:Proverbs 17:22 Thought for the Day: Choosing joy is the right medicine. When I was a teenager, I knew next to nothing but that didn’t stop me from acting like an expert at all times. I can specifically remember a time I woke up...

ReadColossians 4:2-4 Thought for the Day: Pray for our leaders! In March 2020, at Faith Community Church, we started what we call our PEP Group (Pray Effectively and Persistently). The purpose was to meet and pray for our congregation, community, and world. After initially meeting for one...

Read Matthew 11:25-30 Thought for the Day: Rest isn’t optional! When I turned 50, I started running again after an 18-year break. I didn’t just want to train for a race and then never run again. Instead, I wanted running to become a new way of life....

Read Luke 1:5-25;57-66 Thought for the Day: What’s on the inside?  Trying to be ‘religious’ without pursuing a relationship with God is like looking at the outside of fruit without checking to make sure it is good on the inside. Religion is an outward appearance. Religion is...