It is traditional for the citizens of the United States to celebrate July 4th as the day on which the final draft of our Declaration of Independence from Britain was ratified and signed by the 56 representatives of the 13 colonies. This became our independence day, a day of freedom, a day to…

In Hebrews the writer admonishes Christians to live righteous lives. Throughout the 12th chapter, he talks about the discipline of the Lord and how without that discipline we will not see the Lord. This discipline guides to see the way that God sees us and those around us.

Just four short months ago, most of the world had never heard of the coronavirus, since referred to as COVID-19. The world at that time had a certain rhythm of its own, and people were well accustomed to their routines and habits of daily life. Spring was in the air, just beginning to unwrap…

Tragedy. How often have we seen and experienced tragedy or have heard of it in others’ lives? In every tragedy there is a sense of wrongness. It has the flavor of something that should never have happened. Yet it does happen.

There is a common thread among the conversations of women: Whatever is accomplished one day will have to be done again tomorrow. Regular chores like housekeeping, diapering, cooking and laundry can seem overwhelming. It seems pointless to do the same thing day after day, knowing it will be a…

In Proverbs 28:27 it is written, “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.”

There is a real difference between faith and presumption. But if it was really easy to tell the difference, a lot fewer people would make the common mistake of thinking that they are acting by faith when instead they are acting in presumption.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Easter Sunday is this weekend, and local churches have adapted their services in response to coronavirus concerns and limitations, including a recent health alert from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Christians around the world are set to celebrate Easter 2020 under unprecedented circumstances: at home, hunkered down, some alone, some with their families, possibly watching a live-stream church service. Social beings meant to live in communities having to distance themselves from loved on…

Living in these days of COVID-19 are challenging for people around the globe. While the numbers are low here in Ketchikan for now, the possibility of a widespread infection remains high — at least for the immediate future. As I've put on my biblical hat and listened to my heart, I was drawn …

“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, you can make me clean.’ Then, Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:2-3

People have been paying attention to first impressions for years. More recently the general counsel of society is to reserve judgment so as to not put the other person in a box. Nevertheless, it’s hard to not want to make a good impression when interviewing for a job or meeting someone impor…

I have a friend that is emotionally invested in the Seattle Seahawks, a football team that plays in the National Football League. If you want to see someone full of joy, you need to see this guy when the Seahawks have a great play or win a game. Arms raised in triumph, dancing a jig, and sho…

Some readers may not be familiar with the Season of Lent, but they have heard of some of its rituals or traditions. It is known as the time of repentance and reconciliation, prayer and fasting. Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday, lasts six weeks and ends just before Easter.

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” Matthew 12: 34-35 (King James Version)

“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowle…

In the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean,” we learn that seafaring pirates had codes of conduct. This has always fascinated me because bad guys (pirates) are supposed to behave differently from good guys, which is what distinguishes the bad from the good. Those who keep the rules of society ar…

John the Baptist was an interesting character. We’re told he wore a cloak of camels hair, he lived out in the wilderness & that he ate wild honey and locusts. In the beginning of Matthew’s gospel, we read that people from the cities — Jerusalem, all Judea, and from all the region along t…

Psalm 145 is a Praise Psalm that begins with these words: “I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. One generation s…

What is forgiveness? On what basis does God forgive us? On what basis do we forgive others? How do we know if we are forgiven? And how do we know if we have forgiven someone? This will be a two-part article.

For many of us here on the island, our love must travel long distances. I live 3,000 miles away from my mother, yet I can feel her with me. I know that who I am and the work that I do come from the places in her heart.

When Jesus turned the water into wine, it was called the first of his miraculous signs. A sign is meant to communicate something to us. We look for signs to tell us many things, like what kind of store is in a building, the name of a street, or directions to a ferry. Jesus turned water into …

In July, my husband and I traveled up to Anchor Point near Homer to collect our new puppy. She was then a 7-week-old Red Siberian Husky. She is strong willed, stubborn and sweet. I had forgotten how difficult it can be to train a puppy, it has been 10 years since I have gone through this exp…

Leaves are changing color as the autumn begins. It is a sign of things to come — warmer jackets, shorter days, turning the heat on in the house. Many people love this time of year.  It is a season of inspiration and drawing our thoughts inward. If we chose to, we can take advantage of the qu…

Many of us have heard the term “Alpha and Omega” applied to God. It usually means that God is in the beginning and the end of all things — that God himself is the Beginning and the End. While I do believe that this is true, I once had an experience that placed this divine designation in a di…

Summer on our island is winding down; you can already feel it in the air. The children and their teachers will be going back to school. Vacations wrapping up. Football has begun.

It is impossible to come to the text of the Bible without preconceptions. Our language, our various cultures, our questions, our way of reasoning, what we have been taught, our history, all these and more will color what we read. Because of this, how we interpret the Bible will probably refl…

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.”  (1 John 3:21-22)

Snip, snip, snip, pinch, pinch, pinch, and snap, snap, snap goes the labor of the pruner. With eyes sharply focused, seeking out every hidden dead head blossom, dry stock, or sucker branch, we weave our way through the garden. At times the work requires going deeper to remove unruly diseased…

A story is told of a mother who brought her son into church one Sunday. The boy stood on the pew and the mother asked the little boy to sit down.

On June 22, 2019, we released our sweet friend, Clyde to his heavenly creator. Here is Clyde's story, as we know it.

Someone asked me recently if I ever tired of reading the Bible. I had to say no because of many years of reading the Bible and the oft-repeated experience of re-reading familiar passages only to be surprised by some new insight or challenge. I like to think of the stories of the Bible as an …

The training of a puppy is critically important to support proper behavioral development. We start with very short lessons with basic commands and encouragement that won’t overwhelm the dog. If we present ourselves with a calm spirit, give gentle direction, and firm but loving correction the…

As momentous and meaningful as the Feast of Pentecost is, it has not taken on the commercialism and money-making of Easter and Christmas.

At this time of the year, across the nation, hundreds and thousands of graduates will take hold of highly desired diplomas they have earned. Friends and family will flood auditoriums to cheer them on. They’ve all been anticipating this special moment in time; the end of one season in life an…

A few years ago, my sister and I were going through a closet in my mother’s house. Mom grew up in the Great Depression, and saved and reused almost everything that came into the house (at least it seemed that way).

Frequently I rise early to enjoy the peace of the morning and share time with the Lord. In the forefront of my view, in the tree closest to my window, hang two bird feeders, carefully placed to draw the birds as close as possible. After I settle myself into my comfortable chair, I sit and wa…