Responding to Hatred

The news report read, “It was clearly a terror attack, intended to kill as many people as possible.” The police officer was speaking of the terror attack in Barcelona where a man in a white van plowed into pedestrians with the clear intent of bringing chaos and death. He was successful, killing at least 13, and…

Now that you’re married…

Just a few weeks ago, our one and only son was married. His new wife is terrific. I was honored to be the one to pronounce them husband and wife. Now, they have started a life together with jobs, a house, a puppy, and lots of Thank You notes to write! Jay and Lacie have…

It’s More than Just “Come to Church”

I am grateful to church members who do invite others to come to church. Sometimes that is all the encouragement that a person needs to step across that threshold. So, if you’re inviting people to come to your church, don’t stop! What I would encourage the church to do is to consider three other invitations…

Being Sloshed About…

Christmastime for a pastor moves along at a pretty good clip. The old year has to be wrapped up. Plans for new year are already underway. Our church is also in the process of preparing a budget to present and seeking new Elders to serve. There are the Christmas parties and Christmas week services. It’s all…

It’s December…

It seems that the year started only a few weeks ago, and now it is December. The tree is up, lit, and decorated. The rest of the decorations are in various states of being put up. Today, however, was both a happy and sad day in Long household. Since our two children were little, we…

A Prayer for our Country…

Prayer for our Country O Lord God of heaven, great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love You and keep Your commandments, we come before You humbly asking for mercy. Forgive us for not keeping the new commandment Jesus gave us…loving one another just as He loved us.  He promised we would…

Worship…

A. W. Tozer wrote: “In worship several elements may be distinguished, among them love, admiration, wonder and adoration.” Those words started me thinking about worship, my worship and that of those who gather with me each week in a service we label “worship.” Do these elements exists in our worship experience? Do we love the…