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

Lent

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

Lent started last week and many folks in and out of the Christian world are saying “so what?”   Why bother with an antique season of penitence and fasting?  Why not charge fully into the power of the resurrected Jesus?  Why labor ourselves with the dreary...

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Tags: fasting, lent, penitence

Cursillo in the Last Frontier

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

Cursillo was sweeping the lower 48 back in the 70’s and church people were hearing about it.  Cursillo stood for short course in Christianity, a 3 day retreat, that moved people in a powerful way.  Folks up in Ketchikan wanted to be included.  They wanted their own version...

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Tags: cursillo, ecumenical, ministry

Retuning Your Spiritual Antennae

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

When I first arrived up north in Alaska,  I was listening carefully to everything everyone told me and nearly got overloaded.  You see my spiritual antennae; my internal device for listening; was tuned for the Deep South where I had lived for years.  In that region, people would...

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Tags: listening, love, prayer