A Note From Home – May 2017

“Doing Small Things With Great Love” – that is the wise motto of one of my Colleagues in Ministry and a good friend. Although we’d rather be doing “the big stuff’, small things done with great love and an even greater God do not remain small for very long. In Elm...
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A Note From Home – April 2017

What did the centurion know that we don’t know?  What did he see that we  didn’t see?  It was he who gave the orders to drive the nails and raise the cross upright.  He saw the mocking inscription above the criminal’s head; he heard his anguished words of suffering.  He watched...
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A Note from Home – March 2017

Praying for a Snowstorm Today I am secretly praying for a snow storm.  It’s currently 68 degrees. I’m dressed  in shorts, sandals, and a Hawaiian shirt!  After a truly wimpy winter without a white Christmas, less than 2 inches of snow all season and the ground looking...
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A Note From Home – February 2017

I firmly believe that one of the most spiritual things a Christian can do is smile. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones,” so enjoy! The Dentist’s Hymn – Crown Him with Many Crowns The Tailor’s Hym...
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A Note from Home

A NOTE FROM HOME A NOTE FROM HOME Bill Cotton has been a great preacher here among Iowa United Methodists for over 45 years. His words about Christmas point us beautifully toward the new year:“Emmanuel…God with us—still” I love the preposition with. This little word is...
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–Isaiah 9:6 I love these words from Isaiah. They have hung in my office for nearly 35 years! They convey so beautifully the prophet’s hope, God’s plan, and our joy at Christmas. But this year the phrase “Prince of Peace” brings a twinge of sorrow too, for we are at war. Our...
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A Note From Home

Nearly all the churches that I know of are nonprofit organizations, but did you know that there are also many churches that are “non-prophet” organizations as well? I’m talking about churches that have lost their prophetic spirit and their moral vision. They no longer “dream the...
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A Note from Home – October 2016

As I write this, the flood waters of the Cedar River have just begun to recede.  The worst has passed:  the barriers of earth and sand that so many have labored over this week have kept our beloved city intact and whole.  It’s with gratitude as deep as the despair of 2008 that we...
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A Note From Home

In the chaplain’s office at St. Luke’s/Unity Point Hospital, there hangs a banner with these words on it: AN IRISH PRAYER   May those that love us, love us; and those that don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if he doesn’t turn their hearts, so we’ll know them by their...
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A Note From Home – July 2016

A NOTE FROM HOME Last week I came across a piece of history: words written back in 1855 by the great, black editor and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. They are harsh, convicting words guaranteed to put a damper on nearly anyone’s Fourth of July Celebration.  As harsh as...
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