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God’s Perfect Timing

I started my professional ministry by going on two mission trips in the first four weeks on the job. I had done one before, but they quickly became a large part of my ministry. However, despite taking two trips/year for five years while in Texas, additional trips in Ohio and eventually with First Trinity, I never felt mission work was my calling. I didn’t see myself as a missionary. Maybe you don’t consider yourself one either, but that’s exactly what…

Delighted to Share – YA Mission Trip Recap (Part 1)

“Delighted to Share” was the theme of the 2015 Young Adult Mission Trip to Florida.  While that phrase was true ON our trip, it is also true now that we are back.  We are now “delighted to share” with YOU a few things in connection with our trip: Our gratitude to the First Trinity Community for their prayers and support. Stories of what God did in, through, and around us while in Florida. A challenge to delight in God and…

The Parking Lot Neighbor

Perhaps you can relate to this scenario: It’s a bitter cold winter evening during the holiday season and you have many errands to run. After battling heavy traffic you venture into the busy parking lot of a large shopping plaza – praying for a spot so you can get in and out of the store quickly. As expected, the lot is packed and people are scurrying to escape the slushy snow and blustery wind. We were those people! After making…

The Jesus Interruption: Good Samaritan

I am a really big fan of routine. I like a rhythm to my daily and weekly schedules. I like familiar places and people. Some might call me a creature of habit. And when my schedule gets disrupted, I’m not usually thrilled about that. In fact, I might even be a little cranky about it. I wonder how the “Good Samaritan” felt about schedule disruptions? Jesus tells the story of this Samaritan who happened by a man who had been…

Executive Ministry Team Meeting Highlights, 1.28.2015

The Executive Ministry Team (EMT) is the team tasked with leading the everyday operations and programs of First Trinity. The EMT is led by Pastor Chuck Whited. Serving on the team are Jason Christ (Director of Attract and Middle School Ministries), Marsha Peth (Director of Care Ministries), Sue Steege (Director of Transformation Ministries), and Tim Hartnett (Ministry Operations Manager). Also included would be the Director Serve Ministries (vacant). We meet twice monthly. Wednesday January 28, 2015 We are currently reading…

Learning to Forgive

  I forgive you. In this medium, under this pretense, it’s pretty easy for me to type that. Watch I’ll do it again; I forgive you. As my kids would say, “easy peasy.” Let’s try and make it more difficult, “Please forgive me.” Well, in this instance that wasn’t very difficult either. But what happens when we speak either one of those phrases in a situation where they carry significant meaning? How “easy peasy” is it then? Get ready for…

Navigating the Twists and Turns of Life

“In a half mile turn around.” I GOT IT TOM! GPS… Such a wonderful tool to get us where we need to go. As a man, I am supposed to be excellent with directions or at least act like I am a brilliant navigator. Put me on the road and I will lead us to where we need to go! Well, that’s not really true in my case. In fact, sometimes I find it impressive I can navigate to places…

Satan and His Demons

Kevin Spacey plays a cringing, weak character in the movie, The Usual Suspects. He’s part of a group that’s been hired by the mysterious Keyser Soze to pull off a heist. Keyser Soze is a mysterious criminal mastermind that no one has ever met before. The group isn’t even certain that Soze exists. The plot unfolds from the point of view of Kevin Spacey, who has been caught by the police, having been scapegoated by the others. As he tells…

Let Me Go Home

Home. What is home? The word home is used in many different contexts, but which context is true? What do you think of when someone says “home?” Is it a house? A place? Is it the comfort of certain people? I have seen quite a few posts and comments across social media these last four weeks about coming home. “Good to be home!” “Wish we weren’t going home yet.” Etc… But it was one post this week that really tugged…

The Holy Spirit

What a whirlwind few weeks! My family was sick leading up to Christmas, healthy for a couple of days, then sick again starting the Saturday after Christmas. My son and I ended up with a virus that gave us a fever and severe exhaustion among other symptoms for six days. As I was finally coming out of it all, we got sucker-punched: we received news of the tragic death of a great man and friend, Christopher Hartnett. The news was…