The Pastor’s Collection

Christmas Blessings

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose… ––Christmas Favorites Dear Friends, One week before Christmas. Amazing. Life continues to fly by. This has been an especially meaningful season for me, what with all the concerts, programs and...

The Gift of Joy

Philippians 4:4-7 (NRSV) One of my favorite old Peanuts cartoons begins with Lucy asking Charlie Brown a question. “Have you ever known anybody who was really happy?” Right at that moment, Snoopy comes dancing on tiptoe into the picture. He has his nose up high in the...

Email Problem Solved

Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. ––Philippians 3:13-14 Dear Friends, With luck, grace, and way too many hours on the phone with tech support, I...

Mary and Elizabeth

Luke 1:39-56 (NRSV) When I read the Bible, I often find myself wishing that the writers had put in a bit more detail. If you’re not very familiar with the Bible, it’s easy to feel there is more detail in there than you could ever put to good use. But most of the...

A Thief in the Night

Matthew 24:32-36, 42-44 (NRSV) A few years back, while I was visiting my old stompin’ grounds in Southern California, I learned that a big new shopping mall was to be built out in Marino Valley. Growing up in Riverside, we used to think Marino Valley was way out in...

We Always Give Thanks

Colossians 1:3-8 (NRSV) Wow! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It seems like fall has just been flying by doesn’t it. I hear people have been complaining about how late in the calendar Thanksgiving is this year. But, as my mom used to say, it feels like it’s...

The Gifts of Ministry

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 (NRSV) There’s a wonderful little book that came out a few years ago called, “This Odd and Wondrous Calling.” It’s about life in the ministry, written by Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhaver, two pastors who are relatively well known, at least...

Calling All Men!

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approachin ––Hebrews 10:24-25 Dear Friends, Calling all...

Freedoms and the Four “E” Words

Ephesians 6:10-17 (NRSV) Freedoms and the 4 “E” words In many churches there are two flags….an American flag and a Christian flag.  These flags represent two types of freedoms.  The American flag represents the freedom that allows us to go where we want to go, say...

Kevin’s Email Address Change

*** Email Change Notification *** *** Please begin using revkpleas508@gmail.com to contact me.  *** Dear Friends, I’m writing to let you know that I will no longer be using my old email account. The one I’ve been using for the last four years,...