(Because) The Lord is My Shepherd


Because the Lord is My Shepherd,

  1. …He is my provider.
  2. …He gives me rest
  3. …I am refreshed.
  4. …God is my healer.
  5. …He is my guide.
  6. …Christ is my constant companion
  7. …He is my protector.
  8. …He is my source of comfort.
  9. …God is my source of blessing.
  10. …I have eternal hope.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Distressed


 

A message from this Pastor’s heart during the COVID-19 crisis.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Spirit-Guided Relationships


 

Sermon based on Ephesians 5:21-6:4

  1. Every Spirit-guided relationship begins with submission.
  2. Focus on the need of the other person in the relationship.
  3. Children are a gift from God and they have relationship needs.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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What’s on your mind?


 

Sermon based on Ephesians 4:17-32

It is our thoughts that lead to actions that either glorify God or lead us away from Him.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

 

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Tips to not panic


The most problematic occurrence in any crisis is panic. It can happen to an individual or an entire group of people. During times of high stress, like with current events related to COVID-19 outbreak, some people will make decisions out of fear and panic.

When you feel fear rising up inside, or stress overtaking your normal thinking, try these tips.

  1. Keep calm.

Take a deep breath. Is your heart racing out of fear? It means you are still alive. So long as you are alive there is hope.

2. Are you in immediate danger? If so, remove your self calmly from the situation.

For instance if you are in a burning building walk out the nearest exit. If you are reading this while driving put the phone down.

3. What is the immediate danger to others? Are you able to do anything to help?

This may be physically helping. It could be providing assistance such as meals or shelter. Sometimes it is just listening and praying with the other person.

4.  If you are unable to help contact someone who can.

This may include calling 911. It may involve getting someone professional help.

5.  If the fear is not from an immediate danger ask yourself what is causing the fear.

Is it anxiety about an unknown situation? Has a major life event just occurred such as losing a job?

Stay calm. Think it through. Do what you can.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Making Disciples


The Church has one purpose. Make disciples of all nations.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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A week gone to the dogs


It is now Wednesday and what a week!

Right after publishing the last post I walked into the kitchen to discover that Chazzie, (AKA Old dog, Chazzoid, Spazzy Chazzie, or Roid), had “emptied her stomach contents” on the floor. It took the better part of a roll of paper towels to clean the mess. But at least it wasn’t on the new carpet. That is until Tuesday morning when she repeated the process on the new carpet… To say the least it was an unpleasant experience for my wife as I was at work at the time. However, when I told a couple of co-workers they got a good laugh out of it. Gotta have friends that will laugh at your calamities.

It would be unfair to blame the dog, after all she’s just a dog. So I began thinking about the history of owning this particular animal. It all began years ago when a co-worker asked if we would want a dog. He had a relative that needed to get rid of a high energy chocolate Lab so we adopted Chazzie. All that to say it is my friends fault that the dog rouched on the new carpet! Believe me I called to let him know as well!

Well today is Wednesday and the dogs aren’t done with me yet. The normal 4:30 AM wake up time usually means one or both dogs will go outside for a few minutes. This time Oceana, (AKA Oshie, The Cuteness, Spoiled dog), took herself for a stroll. That resulted in me searching through neighboring properties like some creepy stalker at 5:00 AM. Not able to find her I went to work quite concerned. Oceana is a bit of an idiot around moving vehicles so of course I imagined the worst. Fortunately she came home shortly after I arrived at work.

Despite my best efforts Oceana will not tell me where she went this morning. Instead she insists I need to spend time outside playing with her. It makes sense if you think about it. After all she did kick start my prayer life this morning.

The rest of the world can be concerned about the Coronavirus, political circus, or whatever other catastrophe is waiting to doom us all. I’m too busy surviving a week gone to the dogs… 

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Workday ramblings


It’s Monday….IMG_2815

I worked all day. Can’t get a shower just yet because new carpet is being installed upstairs. Got a brain full of randomness to share with anyone who will read this post.

First of all the Democrats should support Bernie Sanders as candidate for President. Not because he is the best qualified but because watching debates between  Don and Bernie would be absolutely epic! I wouldn’t miss a single one!

Second, I am losing track of what is supposed to wipe out all humanity. I thought it was supposed to be climate change. When was it decided that we would all be killed by a virus instead? Who makes these decisions and why was I not informed ahead of time? I already have a zombie apocalypse kit, an inflatable raft for when the polar caps melt, and now I need thirty cases of Lysol and surgical masks. I’m going broke trying to stay ahead of all the bad mojo going around!

Third, what is the deal with still having Daylight savings time? It’s coming back around on March 8. The farmers sure don’t need it. Their equipment looks like a UFO with all the lights and blinky things on it! I say we all revolt and refuse to change our clocks. What could the government possibly do about that? Come to think of it that’s not a bad idea… Oh forget it, some of you need the time change so your car clock will be right again.

Here’s to another workday done. Don’t worry folks by Wednesday the coffee overload from Monday morning will wear off and I’ll be back to a normal state of mind. Or maybe this is my normal state of mind….

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

 

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ANONYMOUS


 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Romans Road (An Evangelism Tool)


 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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