April 20, 2013

Psalm 23:4

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." -Psalm 23:4

January 27, 2012

Yeah, what He said...


October 6, 2011

The Old & The New, Circa. 1957

Zion Mennonite Church -- Hubbard, Oregon

April 21, 2011


December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

From our little family to yours... Merry Christmas everyone!

Today we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Noah with the latest addition to his train collection.

Emily with the latest additions to her kitchen collection.

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:10-11

October 4, 2006

Love Your Enemies

Excuse me while I dust off my soapbox... I'm going to do a little preaching here, but I pretty much plan to let the Written Word speak for itself.

For those of us who claim to be Christians, Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount are paramount to our belief system. In this sermon, Jesus proclaims that he has come to fulfill the law (the commandments) and not to abolish it (Matthew 5:17-20). But, in fulfilling the law, he also elaborates on the true meaning of several of the commandments. Towards the end of the sermon, Jesus says the following:

43"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48

His commandment is clear. When he says 'Love your enemies', he does not mean 'kill them'. For some reason this passage seems to be forgotten by many who profess to follow Christ's teachings.

Furthermore, Jesus says (in a different sermon):

"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."John 8:12

Read that again... what does he say? He says, "I am the light of the world" -- not the light of the United States, not the light of Canada, not the light of Israel; but the light of the world.

Our current president's attempts to regionalize God are appalling and blasphemous. God's love stretches beyond man-made borders; and we, as the body of Christ, need to make sure that our love does the same. Christ did not come to divide the world, but to unite it. Let us spread the light of hope and salvation to the entire world -- not the darkness of death and destruction.