Consider 2020 a Pure Joy!

Hasn’t 2020 been fun? Many have called this past year as “the worst year ever.” Someone named it the “Blurr of 2020.” The surging effects of the COVID pandemic, politics and cultural clashes have left us isolated, confused, and anxious. Many people are feeling overwhelmed.  We can’t control what happens around us, but we can…

Do Not Be Afraid – We Have a Savior!

THE SHEPHERDS (Part 4 of 4) “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 (NIV) Merry Christmas! In two…

Do Not Be Afraid – Follow God Fully!

JOSEPH (Part 3 of 4) Think of the crisis that Joseph faced that first Christmas: Mary was pregnant, and he knew he wasn’t the father! The Bible records that “…Joseph her husband, was a righteous man and was unwilling to disgrace her publicly, he resolved to divorce her quietly. But after he had pondered these…

A Christmas Command: Do Not Be Afraid!

(Part 1 of 4) Maybe you’ve read that the Oxford English Dictionary couldn’t pick just one Word of the Year for 2020. Based on usage, words like Covid-19, lockdown, social distancing, and BLM were all possibilities. It seems that too many significant events happened this year to pick just one word.  Well, I have it…

Our Attitude of Gratitude

Being thankful can be tough during trying times. COVID-19 and cultural tensions have left us stretched and stressed. Juxtaposed to our tensions is tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day. For me, this annual holiday reminds me that everyday should be filled with gratitude, especially for family and friends. LET’S TALK Did you know that one of the healthiest…

The Challenge of Setting Healthy Boundaries

Healthy boundaries are often hard to set, especially for those of us in ministry. Fitting “fences” are essential to living a healthy, balanced life. Someone defined boundaries this way: “It is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not.” We need to know when…

Random Quotes from Annual Conference

Well, we made it through our Annual Conference entirely online! We appreciate everyone who logged in and participated. Thank you! I love our Conference of churches and the joy of working together for Christ’s kingdom! Remember that we will post all our sessions on the website so you can watch them on demand.  This includes…

5 Things I Appreciate About Us

I was 22 years old when I came down from Canada to this Conference. I had accepted a position as Youth Pastor in our Yakima Church with Pastor Bob Cochell. I remember the first time I set foot on the Jennings Lodge Camp Grounds. Arriving just before noon, I was met with that long line…

This Is Us

It is only twelve days until our Annual Conference (November 9-10). The theme this year is “This Is Us!” Yes, we stole that title from the TV series on NBC, which centers around one family’s history and life challenges. The Bible says that we are also a family. We believe that churches are better together….

Pray For One Another

COVID has led some people to think they don’t need to be part of the church family. They say they are getting everything they need online or on their own. Guess what? The Bible says that’s impossible. There are no Lone Ranger Christians. Every metaphor of the church is about others. We are the “body…

Top Ten Ways to Honor Your Pastor

This year has been a tough year for all of us, our pastors, and church leaders too. The pandemic has changed almost everything, including our churches, and many of our leaders are growing fatigued just as they enter the seasons of Thanksgiving and Advent. (By the way, I’m so pleased with how our churches and…