Welcome to Jim's and Dianne's blog. From time to time we'll share things we've learned, insights we've gained and things that have amused us. Enjoy!
Dianne and I paid a visit to the Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell Methodist Church in Harrisburg, PA on a sunny Friday afternoon, May 31, 2019. The reason for the visit, and the inspiration for the name of the church, was because this was the site of Camp Curtin. Camp Curtin was established in 1861 as … Continue reading Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell Methodist Church
I'm a third generation spiritual midwife. That's my name for the job. I'm the one who goes backstage with those who have made the decision to be baptized and helps them get ready. My grandmother was the lady who did it when our church began in 1958. She made all the baptismal robes and made … Continue reading Being a Spiritual Midwife
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlOJ5o8W4Lw The powerful song inspired some thoughts I shared at the Lord's Supper last week. Mark 14:32-36 (NIV) They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. "My … Continue reading Man of Sorrows
Christmas can be a lonely time for many. It's sad to be alone at this time of the year. But the good news is, you don't have to be! Here's a good reminder.
Psalm 78:2-7 (MSG) "I'll let you in on the sweet old truths, stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother's knee. We're not keeping this to ourselves, we're passing it along to the next generation— GOD's fame and fortune, the marvelous things he has done. He planted a witness in Jacob, set … Continue reading From Generation to Generation
I’m getting ready to leave for Colorado this afternoon. The trip has been planned for months. In fact, we make this trip every summer so I guess you could say the trip has been planned for years. The travel has been planned for a long time but the itinerary was changed significantly less than a … Continue reading Returning the Favor
A friend taught me about greatness…. I lost a friend a little over a week ago. He lay down for an afternoon nap and woke up in heaven. We’re happy for him, he was ready; we’re sad for the rest of us, we weren’t ready for him to go yet. A large crowd attended a … Continue reading Greatness
I'm one of those rare people who have been at the same church almost my whole life. The Church of Christ of Hempfield Township in Greensburg, PA was established in 1958. My parents, grandparents and other family members were charter members. The church recently held it's 60th anniversary celebration and I was asked to say … Continue reading The Ripple Effect
In honor of Father's Day on Sunday, I'd like to share an excerpt from "It's Suppertime" that talks about my father-in-law who sang this song on Father's Day 1986. Jim A Child of the King There’s an old hymn titled “A Child of the King.”* One of the verses and the chorus have been included … Continue reading A Child of the King
You've probably been there. I have. You get an idea that seems like it must have come by direct revelation from the Holy Spirit. It's something you want to do for God. It will bring him glory. It will help others come to know him. You're not interested in people noticing you; your motives are … Continue reading When God says, “No”