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God Sees All Things

Psalm 139:2

You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

I remember playing hide-and-seek as a child. It was fun – hiding from your friends and hoping they couldn’t find you. When we played at my home growing up (the parsonage at Mt. Zion) – we had a cemetery next door and it was always fun to hide there because my cousins and friends wouldn’t come looking in the cemetery. If they did brave the walk through the cemetery – it was easy to get them to run out by making noises like a ghost. I usually won the game because they wouldn’t stay in the cemetery long enough to find me!

I remember playing capture the flag as a youth at Seat Pleasant UMC (now Gethsemane UMC). We would hide in the dark and try to get behind enemy lines. We would crawl along the outskirts of the field and even into the woods – to stay hidden. We would spring up and run for our side of the field with their flag. Continue reading


July 14, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Knows Our Hearts

1 Chronicles 28:9

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgHave you ever-played hide and seek? I’ve written about this before – we use to play hide and seek when we were children – and I would hide in the cemetery next to the parsonage where we lived. In the dark – no one would come into the cemetery looking for me. If they did – I would make spooky sounds and scare them away. I knew they wouldn’t come or would be scared off. I knew how they thought. I could hide from them because I knew their limits – I knew where they would look for me and where they would not!

Does anyone know you that well?  Maybe your spouse of 34+ years knows you pretty well.  Maybe your parents or your children know you pretty well.  Maybe there are friends you have gotten to know over the years that know you pretty well – in limited situations.  But does anyone know you better than you know yourself?  God does! Continue reading

October 23, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , | Leave a comment

Place Your Trust in Jesus!

Psalm 56:3

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

profileDo any of your children (or you) have trouble in the dark?  Do you use – or do your children use – a nightlight?  I remember when I first got married – my new wife couldn’t go to sleep with the closet door open.  Maybe she had some childhood dreams or visions of things in her closet in the dark coming to life and scaring her.  Does the dark scare you?

I’ve written about this before – but it fits here too.  When I was younger – a child – we lived next to a cemetery.  At night we played hide-and-seek and I would often hide in the cemetery and almost always won because my friends or relatives wouldn’t come into the cemetery at night.  And if they did – I would make noises and sounds that scared them away.  I used their fear of the darkness and the unknown to help me win the game!  They would often try to get rules established about not hiding in the cemetery but I would never go along with it! Continue reading

February 12, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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