The Parable of the Talents

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

Right away he who received went… For us who have received the gift of the Holy Spirit there can be no waiting, no delay. Behind all slackness in the Lord's service there is a misconception about God's character. There is a feeling that he is hard on us, asks more than is reasonable. We...

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How Much Does It Cost?

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

How much does it cost to be a Christian? We are told that something will cost us only pennies a day, so it won't seem that we are spending much money. We would all like the most profit from the least effort. But it won't work that way for the Christian. Are we members of the burial society of...

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He Is No Fool

Posted by Father Todd Wetzel on

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves and robbers break in and steal ...for where your treasure is, there will be your heart be also.   ~ Matthew 6:19-21 On January 8, 1956, Jim Elliot, part of a missionary team sent to the Acua...

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Tags: christian life, priorities, sacrifice, treasure

God Loves The Charlie Brown In All Of Us

Posted by Father Todd Wetzel on

I love the PEANUTS comic strip where Charlie Brown is busy building a birdhouse. Lucy comes by and asks, "How's the birdhouse coming along, Charlie Brown?" Charlie replies, "Well, I'm a lousy carpenter. I can't nail straight. I can't saw straight and I alway split the wood. I'm nervous. I lack...

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Tags: faith, grace, perfection

Riding in on my Bike

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

   Riding in on my bike this morning, I celebrated the gift of creation and the gift of health.  As I felt the pull of the pedals, I was happy to push down and forward.     So it is with much of life; pushing down and pushing forward.  The fullness of life...

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Tags: christian life, future, hope, moving forward, work

Couch Potatoes

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

This is the last column submitted to the "From The Desk" series by Father Gordon Miltenberger. We greatly appreciate the spiritual wisdom and gentle wit he has shared with us in his writings for the past eight years.   There are many couch-potatoes: such a person is one who "sits out"...

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Tags: daily life, prayer, work, worship

Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

“Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary” go the words of one of our favorite contemporary hymns.  Those words come to mind when I reflect on the world events of the past week. If there was ever a time to claim the concept of sanctuary it’s now.  With the fears of...

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Tags: hope, peace, sanctuary, terror, trouble

Open, O Lord, The Eyes Of All People

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold your gracious hand in all your works, so that, rejoicing in your whole creation, they may honor you with their substance, and be faithful stewards of your bounty.    Where does it all come from?  The outstanding record of nearly...

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Tags: blessings, environment, gratitude, stewardship, thankfulness

Survival in Alaska builds character

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

In my times of living up north, I realized that there’s a certain character building aspect about the place. If you decide to stay longer than a year, there’re certain things that must be done. Most importantly there’s learning to occupy your spirit, finding the things that...

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I knew I would see her

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

I knew I would see her every trip I made to Petersburg. Every work party at the camp would usually involve seeing Emily who lived on Kupreanof Island just down the beach. Emily lived down the beach from our “Emmaus” camp in another little place, but didn’t have a good dock. So...

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