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What Are We Doing Here?

The purpose of this site is to give full expression of my faith in Jesus Christ as Risen Lord and Savior.  Since I have been given the gift of faith in God and His son, Jesus the Christ I feel compelled to respond with gratitude.  All of us should seek to do good works, not in order to gain salvation, but because we have been given salvation as a free gift.

Therefore, as with all God’s children, I will seek to, as feebly, as I can, to do what I can in furtherance of God’s Kingdom.  To that end I focus on two areas of concern: peace and stewardship.

The focus on peace is critical.  All that God desires for His children is wrapped up in furthering peace and ending violence among and between humanity.  This is of primary concern.  All that we could ever hope to accomplish in God’s world depends upon nonviolence.  The command to love God and love your neighbor, as well as the New Commandment given at the Last Supper to love one another the way that God loves us puts this effort front and center.  In a world of war and under the constant threat of nuclear destruction the only battle worth waging is the battle for peace.

The second area of focus is stewardship.  This is simply because I have an extensive background in financial services and retirement planning.  I know the intricacies of this world; I understand the pitfalls and traps and I can identify the opportunities.  I, by virtue of my past, can help people succeed in this area, and it is my firm conviction that God wants us to use all our human experience to further His mission.

To further both goals, this site has been constructed to connect you with resources to explore your faith in a practical way, to think about what God wants for His children and to get involved and increase your impact.

May all of us seek, not our will but His!  Praise Be to God!

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Right Now, and Don’t Look Back

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Ignorance is an Argument for Anarchy

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Healing & Proclaiming

Demons Everywhere This week’s text is Luke 8:26-39.  This is the famous story of Jesus healing the man possessed by many demons and sending the demons into a herd of swine and running them into the lake to be drowned.  This tale sees Jesus confronting what are claimed to be …

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Dying Out of Order

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Stay Tuned, More to Come

Haven’t We Heard It All? The Gospel text this week is John 16:12-15.  This is a short passage that further reveals the gift of the Holy Spirit.  This is traditionally called Trinity Sunday as it speaks to the mystery of the 3-in-1 Triune God, perhaps the most challenging mystery of …

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Global Mind, Local Heart

The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can. -John Prine                            These last many weeks I have focused on global issues of war and peace and what we may do to further the cause of peace.  I stand by all …

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