Stories by the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, June 17, 2016

In times of pain, hold your tongue

Sometimes, someone else expresses something so well that the best thing to do is share their words. Karl Vaters pastors a small church, and also maintains a blog called Pivot. His post this week, ...
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

Rees: Take heart, for spring is coming

I am forever grateful to the Almighty for ordering things so that February is the shortest month: it's cold, wet and dark, and a person can only take so much of that.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Lay aside the cellphone and see the world

Not long ago I stopped off before going into work to grab breakfast at a restaurant near my office. About the time I ordered my food and sat down, I discovered I had left my cellphone at home.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Halloween has message for Christians

Protestant Christians have traditionally taken a dim view of Halloween and many refuse to participate in activities because of its pagan undertones. But maybe we should acknowledge that these ...
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, June 12, 2015

Christianity is a team sport

Immanuel means "God with us." It's not "God with me," but "God with us," and despite the messy challenges of life in transparent community with one another, we understand that it is only through ...
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, March 13, 2015

In Christ we find strength to endure difficult times

Every one of us must undergo trouble sooner or later, and just as surely as we must endure trouble, we must also endure the well-meaning but misguided remarks of those attempting to comfort us.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Don't put faith in earthly rulers

Don't ask government to do the things we should be doing for ourselves or the things that only God can do.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Aug 15, 2014

It's OK to admit troubles, seek help

If you or someone you love is dealing with depression, don't delay in getting help. Know that God has already placed the right people in your life to lift you up.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

The love of God has postponed Judgment Day

Why didn't we hear from the God-is-out-to-get-you crowd after last week's major disaster of ice, snow and earthquake?
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Immanuel means 'God with us,' not 'God with me'

For both Christians and non-Christians, the most common phrase used to describe whatever we believe is: "I'm spiritual, but not religious." 
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

Live a 'radical' life of faith right where you are

We might find that simply walking in faith right where we are, day by day, is the most radical, transformational thing of all.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, April 12, 2013

Faith calls for a different sort of scorekeeping

American culture idolizes nothing as much as winning, but there is one who showed us losing can be much more important.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, March 8, 2013

Lent reminds us to depend on God

I gave up peanut butter for Lent. Those who know me would think it about as reasonable if I'd given up eating altogether.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Church should remain open, even after theft

Sometime last week, our church was vandalized, and an enterprising crew made off with one of our HVAC units – the one providing heat and air conditioning for our sanctuary.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

By faith, we can see how God sees

Faith in Jesus Christ brings everything into focus
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Aug 31, 2012

'Christians behaving badly' cause others to doubt

When we affirm that we are followers of Christ, we should honor him in all our words and deeds.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, July 20, 2012

Seek approval of Christ, not Caesar

Michael Salman, a Phoenix pastor, is serving a 60-day jail sentence. According to Salman and his supporters, he is behind bars for holding a Bible study in his home.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, April 27, 2012

Colson brought 'foretaste of heaven'

Shortly before his indictment and subsequent trial, Chuck Colson claimed he had been "born again," and was now a follower of Jesus Christ.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, March 2, 2012

Church must heed call to repent

We are now in that season known as Lent, traditionally a time of prayer and fasting, meditation and self-denial leading to Easter.
By the Rev. Ed Rees

Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

Christ's divinity bedrock of faith

Survey after survey shows that while people of all backgrounds and religious views generally have a high view of Jesus Christ, they also tend to have a relatively low view of his followers.
By the Rev. Ed Rees
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