Trafalgar Update – June 22, 2020

We rented a large cabin in Southern Indiana for the weekend and swam and canoed and hiked.  Late Saturday night, my best man wanted to have a “serious talk” with me about marriage (not that he was married) and asked me to go for a walk around 11pm.  I remember taking a trail through the woods, each of us holding …

Stress is Profitable

James 1: 9-12 – Stress is Profitable It has been said that a Christian is like a tea bag: he is not worth much until he has been through some hot water. Hot water – stressful trials – can be profitable to the believer. James illustrated this fact with his descriptions of the person with poverty, the person with plenty, …

Stress is Purposeful

James 1: 3-8 – Stress is Purposeful Stress is purposeful. We can actually benefit from stress. To be specific, stress can help produce purity in our lives. James spoke of the “testing” of our faith that happens during stress. Peter used the same word to say that various trials test “the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than …

Stress is Paradoxical

James 1: 2-4 – Stress is Paradoxical James insists we should “count it all joy” when we face stressful trials of many kinds. Count it what? Joy? Surely, James has it wrong, we do not think of stress and joy in the same breathe. Yet, James insists upon this paradox! We are to counter stress with joy. Dr. Peter Hanson …

Stress Is Problematic

James says consider “various trials” to be “all joy.” James’ term for “various trials” is an interesting word in the Greek. The phrase can be literally translated as “many-colored trials.” Jesus knew not all trials are alike and that we all react to stress in different ways. Colors can symbolize our reactions. Some people’s response to stress is purple: they …

Stress is Predictable

James 1:1-2 – Stress is Predictable Notice that James does not say if you fall into trials, but rather he says when we fall into them. Experiencing stress is not an if; it’s a when. Stress is predictable: it is inevitable, inescapable, and unavoidable. Stress happens. You can read the Bible from cover to cover and nowhere will you find …

The Five Facts of Stress

James 1:1 – The Five Facts of Stress Stress! We all experience it especially in the midst of a world-wide crisis like we are going through now. James knew something about stress too. James was the brother of Jesus and he was giving leadership to the church that formed after the Resurrection of Jesus that was in Jerusalem. This letter …

Trafalgar Update – March 24, 2020

I can’t imagine seeing what John saw… Exiled on the island of Patmos, the apostle John received a vision from the glorified Christ that knocked him flat on his face.  Revelation 1:17 says that when he saw him he, “fell at his feet though dead”.  John’s revelation of the world to come is nothing short of astonishing.  While most Christians I know are intrigued by the …

War, Famine, and Plague

War, Famine, Plague During the 30 year War in Germany between 1618 and 1648, over 20% of the entire population of Germany died from as a result of the three disasters that were some often linked together in that day. War, Famine, and finally Plague swept across the country. A young pastor in the village of Eilenburg was the only …

Wesley 101

As a part of the confirmation Program Rev. John Wortinger will be teaching a basic class on John Wesley. In view of all that is going on in the church today, we thought there might be a broader interest in this class from the congregation at large. Rev. Wortinger has taught a class on Wesleyan Theology for the Annual Conference …