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The Wisdom of Mom

In the eighth grade, I told my buddy Roy about a crush I had on a girl named Terri. Roy then betrayed that confidence and went to Terri to reveal my secret feelings, to which Terri made a sarcastic and dismissive comment. When Roy shared her response with me, I was...

Not (Quite) the Wedding We Expected

As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 (RSV) Weddings. They evoke excitement of an eternal union and happiness. They also...

Taste and See

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8) If you’ve been at Conejo during the last few weeks, you’ve heard various people reading verses from Psalm 34 as our scriptural call to worship. I’m not sure I know all the...

What Difference Does Easter Make?

Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new...

Anticipation…and Adjustment

Have you ever gone into a situation with great expectations only to find out that the situation is not as you expected? I have had a couple of these experiences recently. The first was at a car shop. The second was at a hospital. I went into the shop for what I...

A Step of Faith

When I was a kid, I used to love taking walks in the winter, especially when the snow was on the ground. In the mountains of southern Oregon, the coldest days in the heart of winter left everything covered in white. The roads were a hard sheet of packed snow.  Many...