Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read the entire Bible this year — all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments?Many people sit down expecting to read the Bible from cover to cover only to be frustrated by all the details.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
According to popular research, this year’s resolutions were no different than the years before — get more sleep, save money, quit smoking or drinking, and, top of the list as always, loosing weight.
I’ve heard it said that gardening is one of the most popular hobbies, and that is certainly not surprising. The beauty and variety of plants is breathtaking, and having nurtured one from seed or sapling to maturity is profoundly satisfying. There’s also the physical activity benefit. I could probably Google up some data on that, but I’ll just say that I have met many gardeners in their 70s and beyond whose nimbleness and strength was inspiring.
I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to all the readers of these inspirational articles. May God bless you richly with the desires of your heart for the year 2015.
Hard choices are before us as a community of faith. As the brokenness of this world crashes over us, we cannot stand amongst the rubble and not choose.
A few weeks ago we started to decorate the church for Christmas. The tree was taken out of the box. All of the wreaths and bows were fluffed. The garland was hung out on the porch columns and railings. Everyone there made sure all of the ornaments were in good shape and hung them all in just the right places. We only encountered a couple of problems with the lights before they all started to work.
Many years ago now a pastor friend of mine in a neighboring church arrived at his office one morning in 32-degree weather. He parked in his usual spot. For some unknown reason, instead of going straight into his office he took a detour by the manger scene placed in front of the sanctuary each Christmas season.
During the month of November many families give thanks and praise for the blessings they received throughout the year. This year, consider beginning a new yearlong tradition: giving thanks and praise to your children. Parents often underestimate the importance of using praise with their young children.
Most beef farms in this area are what we call cow-calf operations. That means that the bull gets together with about 25 cows, the cows have calves, and the calves are sold after they are weaned. One of the critical cogs in this system is making sure that the bull is up to his task of siring the calves. The best method of ensuring that the bull can do his job is to have him checked out by a veterinarian in a test we call the breeding soundness exam.