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I Started a YouTube Channel: Plus a Video to Make You Smile! (With guest pianist Alex)

I'm putting all my social media skills to use for the Glory of God and the service of Church. I will be posting daily devotional videos. Some will be humorous, and others will be a bit more serious. Some will have special guests(filmed from a safe distance)and others will be just me. I hope they help provide you with comfort and a smile during this time. 

Devotions, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: The New Birth Is Like Hatching from an Eggshell (His Encouragement)

 Receiving the new birth completely changes the way we see the world. It's the difference between being stuck inside a dark egg or being alive outside in the world. This Lent, we are reminded that if we trust in God, Christ will help us to break out of our shells int to the glorious resurrection of an Easter morning. 

Devotions, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Writing

Devotion: Christ Conquers the Serpent (His Encouragement)

The most dangerous snake is the one that you don’t see. The snake that you don’t see is the one that bites you. We fall into sin when we do not realize that we are being tempted. The most dangerous temptations are the ones we don’t even see coming.

A large gray cat with green eyes lounges on a chair
Devotions, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Cats don’t need to repent— but we do! (His Encouragement)

Something about cats and Lent just seem together! My husband says he has never seen any cat who was every sorry for anything. Cats don't need to repent, but humans do! During Lent, we make time for repentance and lamentation.

Blogging, Books

Cover Reveal: Babushka is Homesick by Carola Schmidt

“Babushka is Homesick” is the second children’s book in the Babushka Series. Everyone has their own stories, history, and the desire to belong. The first book, “Tell me a story, Babushka,” is a best-selling new release in Children's Multicultural Literature on Amazon USA (Aug 2019), in which kids and adults will enjoy fun adventures and identify their own stories.

donkeys eat hay from a manger
Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Merry Christmas! Are you hungry? Jesus is food for the world!

God made a cattle trough into a cradle for the Messiah who would feed the whole world. Only Jesus can satisfy our hunger. Only he can fill our insatiable longing. I think it is truly wonderful that, besides Joseph and Mary, the first people to see the baby Jesus who were working in the fields.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we are all sheep. We are all special to Christ, and we all need the Good Shepherd to guide us home. Jesus is the greatest gift of all. Happy Birthday Jesus!

Ministry, Stewardship, Women in Ministry

Giving Thanks & Reverse Advent Calendars! (His Encouragement)

This post is part of the weekly series, "His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul."  Image: A woman holds a cup of tea and reads her Bible. Black text on a green background reads, "Weekly Devotion: His Encouragement- Words from Scripture to Strengthen Your Soul."   Bible Verse: For to us a child is born,     to… Continue reading Giving Thanks & Reverse Advent Calendars! (His Encouragement)

A service dog stands next to a person seated in a wheelchair 
Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Everything Changes When Jesus Shows Up at Church (His Encouragement #31)

I admire the woman in Luke 13:10-17 because I know from firsthand experience how embarrassing it can be to go into a public space when you look different from everybody else. Her faith is an inspiration to all of us.