In a cross-country race, doing one’s best is often defined by the time it takes to finish the run. However, for Sean Rausch, a high school senior running in the state championship, “best” was defined by his willingness to help his injured teammate. During the race, Blake Lewis fell 400 meters from the finish line when his leg broke. Sean Rausch was close and saw what happened…
When I think about odd couples in the Bible, the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus comes to mind. The Bible describes Zacchaeus as a wealthy man. As a tax collector, our assumption is often that he was greedy and not well-liked. Jesus on the other hand was from humble origins and the crowds followed him because of his kindness and love. Two very different people with two very different lives…
Labor Day is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It is often celebrated as the “unofficial end of summer.” Today, people all over the United States will spend time at the lake, grilling their favorite foods, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and simply relaxing and enjoying a long weekend. Labor Day first became a holiday in 1894. During a time of tremendous unrest in the United States, industrial workers began to organize and fight for better working conditions. There were multiple strikes across the country, many of which turned violent. The first Monday of September slowly became known as the “Working man’s holiday.”
So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians.
“How lovely is thy dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yea, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at thy altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in thy house,
ever singing thy praise!”
Charlie Woods is an 11-year-old with no professional victories, titles, or records to his credit. However, he did recently win a nine-hole tournament for kids. Charlie played a great game that day. Perhaps one day he will be winning championships, just like his caddie, Tiger Woods…
Needless to say, most students did not experience the usual summer vacation this year. As schools began to close in March, opportunities began to shrink. College students who count on internships to help them start their careers found themselves returning home with no chance of summer advancement.
Lia Rubel is one such college student…
Of the many disciples who followed Jesus, John is thought to have been one of the youngest. Early in his ministry, John was brash and somewhat arrogant. Later, as he grew in his faith and relationship with Jesus, John changed. He became a leader and teacher of the faith. He is thought to have written much of our Holy Bible. John led the early church to deeper faith in Christ Jesus. He pushed the young church to live out the teaching of Jesus that we, “Love one another.”
Parents with school-aged children are experiencing many new things these days. COVID-19 has disrupted sports, family gatherings, and especially school. Perhaps the biggest change is how it has caused so many things to go online. In March, our dining room was converted to an online classroom so my wife, a fifth-grade teacher, could film videos for her class. In my house we have participated in online church, online school and zoom calls for all occasions. Things are different, for sure.
In the past two weeks we have experienced multiple storms and natural disasters across our wonderful country. Hurricanes moved through the Gulf of Mexico, and fires rage across much of California. We also learned the weather-related term “derecho.” A derecho is a large, sustained wind event. This past week the people of Des Moines, Iowa, experienced hurricane force winds, well over 100 mph, that brought great damage to neighborhoods, businesses, and farms…