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Jesus Paid It All

Christianity stands uniquely alone, distinct and different from all the religions of the world. The major difference lies in the fact that every religion is a system of human works, attempting to do something to satisfy the righteous demands of their god. Without exception, every religion is constructed to approach a god through a series… Read more »

Much to be Thankful for in 2013

It seems like this past year literally flew by. Yet, it’s important to force our selves to slow down enough to appreciate the advances and the blessings of this past year. As I reflect on 2013, I could outline some of the great things that have happened. But my mind goes to how thankful I… Read more »

Joy to the World

One of the great Christmas hymns is “Joy to the World.” I love this great song. It has an upbeat tempo, a beautiful melody and the words are inspiring. Joy to the world! The Lord is come  Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room   And heaven and nature sing And heaven… Read more »

The Power of Connection

There is an old adage that goes something like this: “It’s not what you know but who you know that brings success.” Among the most important things we do as humans on this earth is to connect with others. We find jobs, friends, opportunities and support through our connections with others. In fact, connection, that… Read more »

“His Righteousness”

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says something very powerful. He says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things (life’s needs) will be added unto you.” This is a command linked to a promise. In the past, I have focused on “and all these things will be added” rather than the… Read more »

A Distincitive of the Vineyard: Hands On, Spirit Led Ministry

Every church in our community is unique. I am thankful for the church in our city comprised of many local churches. Each one is serving Jesus in a distinct way. A distinctive of the Heartland Vineyard is the desire to equip and empower our members to do hands on, Spirit led ministry. As we enter… Read more »

God Never Wastes Our Pain – Part 2

Eleven years ago, Roi Lene and I had sold our home in Cedar Falls and were in the process of moving our belongings out to our acreage south of Waterloo. We were moving things little by little in our pickup. I drove back to our old home in Cedar Falls to load some of the… Read more »

God Never Wastes Our Pain

Last week in my blog, I openly and honestly described what I experienced during a recent season of sickness. My purpose was not to somehow garner sympathy or to underscore the glumly and morose. My purpose was to begin a discussion of why we experience pain. Are there any redemptive qualities to pain? What is… Read more »

November is Adoption Awareness Month

“I’ll take anyone. Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be” –Davion Only, a 15-year-old Florida boy in the foster care system asking for someone to adopt him and give him a family Davion has been in and out of… Read more »

Life: A Two Way Street

When I grew up on our Central Iowa farm home, I learned to eat many and various kinds of foods. We lived next door to my grandparents on our family farmstead so I was exposed to two very different styles of cooking. My Mom was from Idaho and she was the master of casseroles. she… Read more »