Sunday Night Thoughts

It’s hard to believe that another week has rolled by. Last weekend, it was rainy and cold. This weekend was hot and humid. I woke up and went for a three mile walk with 1 mile run this morning. When I got back to the house, I said to Pam, “This morning I am thankful that our house and the church have air-conditioning.” Yesterday we got into the low 90’s and made it into the 90’s again today. It was 72 degrees at 5:15 this morning when I went out for my walk. Currently the temp is 91. The good thing is that we got some rain this past week. It has been extremely dry over the last couple of weeks. I commented that I’ve worn my sunglasses more in the last couple of weeks than I wore them in total in Eldred.

As I wrote in my running update yesterday, I am making good progress in the running department and already have 29 miles for the month. I am currently in a running streak, meaning that I plan to run at least a mile every day between Memorial Day and Independence Day. Today marked day 7. I’m really hoping to make it the whole way and not develop injuries like happened last time, but that was several years ago. It is getting tough to run on these warm mornings, but I’ll keep pressing on.

This past week we celebrated Memorial Day – we remembered the day at church on Sunday and then we were invited over as guests for a cookout on Monday. We had fun and had hot dogs, hamburgers, and corn on the cob. It was my first corn on the cob of the season.

The first Wednesday of June is Global Running Day. I changed up my routine so that I would run one of my longer runs on Wednesday. It’s funny because the first Friday of June is National Doughnut Day.

Friday, Pam and I went out on a date. It’s been way too long since we have been out by ourselves. We took a trip to Salisbury and went to Applebee’s and used a gift card that we had received several months ago. We also went to the mall. It’s the first time we’ve been to the mall since last summer. We had gone to the Olean Mall to get some running shoes – which was one of the reasons we were headed there again.

I’ll admit, it’s a little surreal. It’s weird going into places without a mask on. Pam and I had a great day on Friday and it was nice to get out. ‘

Like I said, we woke up to some warm temps this morning. It seems there was quite a bit to get done before worship. We had a good worship service today. The Journey has a great worship team and I enjoy leading them. We received communion this morning and it was a special time. Following worship, we had a meeting for Vacation Bible School. We are going to use the Go Fish Guys “Backstage with the Bible.” I love the songs and I love the lessons. We had a great crew show up for the meeting and everyone is excited about it. We are looking forward to sharing the gospel with the boys and girls of Millsboro.

I think that about wraps up the week. So God bless, and Seize the Day!

Prayer for the Week

Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by your providence, that your Church may joyfully serve you in quiet confidence and godly peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Running Update

We are five days into the month of June. I got up early to get in a long run, but I should have headed out the door immediately. To say the sun was warm this morning is a bit of an understatement. My goal as I headed out was to do 8 miles. I toyed with several ideas how to do that. One of the considerations was that I needed to be back at the house at the 4 mile mark to refuel. To do that, I separated my run into two out-and-back segments. The first was part of my normal 5 mile route. The second was new territory for me. The out part took me straight into the sun. I was sweating profusely and I forgot to wear a cap so sweat was getting into my eyes and was painful – then I turned around and had a bit of a headwind, which helped immensely. I was able to get in 8 miles and that makes my longest run since this time last year. It was a good run clocking in at a 12:24 pace overall. That’s been the pace of some of my shorter runs.

As of the end of the first week of June I have 25 miles recorded. One of the things I have been tracking this year is comparing my cumulative mileage to other years. At this point in the year I have already accumulated 462 miles. This beats 2016 through 2020. It also beat 2010 – but that was my first year of running. If I continue on this pace, I should easily be able to surpass 2015 again. My current monthly average is 77 miles per month…but I am early in the month. By next week, that average should be much higher, especially if I can kick out another 25 to 30 miles.

One of the other things I am working on is a running streak. My normal running routine is 5 miles (or an hour) which ever is longer on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, with a long run on Saturday. From Memorial Day to Independence Day, I am trying to run at least a mile every day. That means I need to work in one mile on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday – and then walk 3 each day. My one mile runs on Tuesday and Friday this week were good – clocking in at a 10:50 pace both times. I’m going to be curious if these one mile runs help build my overall pace.

Considering that summer is really starting to kick in, I felt good about today’s run and my overall running/walking effort this week. I’m hoping the hard work during the summer will yield benefits this fall. I’d really like to get back to running 6 miles in an hour – which would be a 10 minute mile pace. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that. That wraps it up and I will be PRESSING ON!

A House Divided

Second Sunday After Pentecost | June 6, 2021

1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15 • Psalm 138 • 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 • Mark 3:20-35

Mark 3:20-35 | New Living Translation

20 One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat. 21 When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.

22 But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.”

23 Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. 24 “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. 25 Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive. 27 Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.

28 “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, 29 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” 30 He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. 32 There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”

33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Memorial Day 2021


Today is the last Monday of May, so that means it is Memorial Day. This year it is also the traditional date of Memorial Day, May 31st  Many people consider this to be the unofficial start of summer.  There will be many activities today.  But the most important activities will be those which remember those who died in service to this great country.  Many men and women have fought and died for our freedom.  Today is their day – a day to remember them.

Prayer for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Nicodemus

Trinity Sunday | May 30, 2021

Isaiah 6:1-8 • Psalm 29 • Romans 8:12-17 • John 3:1-17

John 3:1-17 | New Living Translation

There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”

Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

“How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.

10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.