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Ministry Report 2022

“You’re not retired!” my wife, Norma Jean, exclaimed recently.

Her reaction was my response to her question, “What are you doing?”

“I’m working on a sermon series,” I replied.

I suppose in the traditional sense of retirement, I’m not. But if you define retirement as doing what you want to do, I am. I’m free from the typical demands of located church work. Free to schedule my Sunday’s and preach when and where I am able. Free to travel. And free, just to enjoy…well… some free time. Continue reading


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Neighbor Helping Neighbor

Too often in the wake of a natural disaster, like hurricane Ian, negative news takes center stage.

The disaster and damage by the hurricane’s force. The death toll. Price gouging. Looting. Petty crimes. Frayed nerves. And anxious, worried faces looking forlorn into the camera.

While these conditions exist, they should not overshadow the goodness of people, and the outpouring of humanitarian response to help the hurting. Continue reading

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What Do You Do Best?

A ten-year-old girl, Valeria Yezhova, from Ukraine has recently made international headlines.

In an interview, her mother told reporters, “Valeria asked me how she could help the Ukrainian army. I asked her what she does best, [and] she replied that she is good at checkers.”

“Good” is actually an understatement. She’s the European and world champion in her age group Continue reading

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Acts 6:1-7

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines,” once wrote Robert Schuller. Or as Henry J. Kaiser put it, “Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.

Of course, we don’t like problems. Either personal problems. Family problems or church problems. However, problems may provide an occasion for ministry, growth, and greater involvement.

Our passage today in Acts 6 provides instruction and insight on dealing with a church problem. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Romans 12:3-8

Daniel Webster, the 19th-century statesman, and orator was known for his quick wit. The story’s told that his way with words was evidenced early in childhood.

One day Webster’s father, who was leaving on a short trip, left Daniel and his brother Ezekiel specific work instructions. But on his return, he found the task still undone, and questioned his sons about their idleness.

“What have you been doing, Ezekiel?” he asked. Continue reading


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2020 Ministry Report

“This has been the best year ever,” exclaimed my 6-year-old grandson, Miles, last Sunday after worship.

I doubt that many would echo his sentiment. However, I think little Miles was excited about his bounty of Christmas gifts this year. His narrow view of the world doesn’t extend too much beyond the immediate. His family. His school. And life in old Homosassa.

2020 has been unprecedented by the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. It has impacted our nation and world. And it has directly affected communities, businesses, families, and churches. Many believe it even influenced the outcome of our Presidential election. I’m sure most folks can’t wait for 2020 to be over. Continue reading


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Teach it Forward

I received an e-mail the other day from Platform University asserting that “the Age of Information has ended.”

The point of the article was that we now have access an to overwhelming amount of information. The excitement and euphoria have worn off. And now we’re filtering out the daily deluge of announcements, advertisements, offers, solicitations, and notifications.

What is needed today, the authors opine, are real experts who can understand the information, analyze it, and provide interpretation, insight, and application. Continue reading

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Celebrating the Ministry of God’s Women

My daughter-in-law, April, who’s a family practice physician, recently told me that women now comprise more than 50% of all medical school students.

In the past 50 years, we have witnessed more women in prominent positions in every profession and occupation. In business, industry, entertainment, education, finance, health-care, and politics, women are serving, excelling, and occupying leadership roles. Continue reading


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Lean On Me: People Supporting People

Jayde Powell, is a University of Nevada honors student whose idea to help others during the coronavirus crisis has sparked a movement that’s spread into all 50 states and around the world.

Powell, a Pre-Med student, started “Shopping Angels,” an organization that provides “free shopping services to those populations at higher risk of contracting the novel COVID-19 virus, to include individuals over the age of 60 or those with impaired immune systems,” as stated on their facebook page. Continue reading


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The Important Work of Women in Ministry

“It’s not fair,” she objected. “Why can’t women preach? Why can’t they preside in the worship assembly?”

In recent years there has been much discussion about the expanded role of women in ministry. Restrictions regarding their public role based on Scripture have been argued, discussed and debated. Continue reading


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