God’s Hand On My Shoulder

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I think the first time I came to College Wesleyan was when there was a community Good Friday service here. My daughter was going to come with me, but she got sick and couldn’t come, so I came in by myself. As soon as I went in the sanctuary, I felt God there; I knew He was in that sanctuary….

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Walking the Last Mile Together

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The battle began in 1976. Ann entered the hospital to remove a benign cyst, and instead had a radical mastectomy. The innocent-looking cyst hid a developing cancer. She recovered with no further treatments, except therapy exercises. We rejoiced in her cancer-free status until a day in August, 2008, when Ann called me at my job and invited me out to…

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Trust and Obey

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“I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because You have seen my affliction.  You have known the distress of my soul.” Psalm 31:7 “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” Running through my head were these words from a favorite childhood song—a song that I hadn’t…

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Just Sing

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I remember the day I said goodbye to Harry. I’d seen him two weeks earlier, in a lot of pain, but up, dressed and eagerly greeting friends who called. A week later, I heard he was worse. Monday he still got dressed. Wednesday he couldn’t get out of bed. On Friday I waited while the nurse made him presentable. That…

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The Path Not Taken

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I grew up attending a Nazarene church in Indiana. I was saved at seven, baptized at fourteen, and early in life felt called into ministry. I was set to go to Olivet Nazarene College, with my life wide open before me. My trust in God felt unshakeable and I was chomping at the bit to pursue the ministry. A dark…

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