10.13.2014. We're Not Alone. By Deacon Bruce McElrath.

Abram’s nephew was in a lot of trouble. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, where Lot lived, had been overtaken by a group of raiding kings. They sacked Sodom, captured Lot and his household, and then fled north.

When Abram heard that his brother’s son had been kidnapped, he rounded up 318 trained servants, chased the kidnappers and rescued Lot.

09.28.2014. Out of Work. A Blog by Deacon Bruce McElrath.

Economic recession certainly leads to an increase in unemployment. And the higher the percentage of people out of work, the more problems our social agencies have to deal with. Alcohol and drug abuse increases. Domestic violence rises. Crime rates go up. Some people just can’t seem to stay out of trouble when they have idle time on their hands.

09.14.2014. Worship Service. A Blog By Deacon Bruce McElrath.

Worship Service

The sign outside the church states, “Worship Service – Sunday at 8 and 11:30 a.m.” That ought to stop traffic. Passersby should take out their phones, tablets or pens and jot the time down. When a church gathers to worship astonishing things take place.

The letter to the Hebrews opens our understanding of the privilege and glory of worship. The writer declared that we have come to “the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn” (12:22-23)

06.22.2014. God Wants Your Garbage. By Deacon Bruce McElrath.

God Wants Your Garbage

Once a week, a truck moves slowly down our alley, pausing at every house. Full and sometimes overflowing garbage containers are picked up, emptied into the truck, and returned to each house. During the next week, as the rubbish accumulates and the odor increases, we become eager for the return of the garbage truck.