Easter Sunday Musing

Pastor Stan’s Musing

“He Is Risen!”

April 4, 2021

John 20:1-10 The Voice

Before the sun had risen on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene made a trip to the tomb where His body was laid to rest. In the darkness, she discovered the covering had been rolled away. 2 She darted out of the garden to find Simon Peter and the dearly loved disciple to deliver this startling news.

Mary Magdalene: They have taken the body of our Lord, and we cannot find Him!


March 28 Musing

Pastor Stan’s Musing

Lent 2021—Palm Branches

March 28, 2021

John 12:11-13 The Voice

11 because of him, many Jews were leaving their teachings and believing in Jesus. 12 The next day, a great crowd of people who had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem; 13 so they gathered branches of palm trees to wave as they celebrated His arrival.

Crowds (shouting): Hosanna!

He who comes in the name of the Lord is truly blessed and is King of all Israel.

Over the last five week, we have looked at several Biblical passages concerning the use of wood in revealing aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry. Let us quickly review each week.


March 21 Musing

Pastor Stan’s Musing

Lenten 5—Two Special Boats

March 21, 2021

Genesis 6:13

Eternal One (to Noah): Noah, I have decided to wipe out all the living creatures I have made because they are spreading violence throughout the earth. Watch! I will destroy them with the earth.

Genesis 6:18

But I will make a pact with you, Noah—a covenant agreement. To survive, you and your family—you, your wife, your sons, and your sons ’wives—must go into the ark.

Mark 6:47

When evening came, the boat was out on the sea and He was alone on the land.

Mark 6:51

He walked across the water to the boat; and as soon as He stepped aboard, the contrary wind ceased its blowing. They were greatly astonished.


March 14 Musing

Pastor Stan’s Musing

“The Great Showdown!”

March 14, 2021

1 Kings 18:30-39 The Voice

Elijah (to the people): 30 Gather around me. So all the people gathered around him, and he fixed the Eternal’s altar that had been torn down. 31 Elijah gathered 12 stones, one for each of Jacob’s tribes. Jacob was the one who wrestled with God and whom the word of the Eternal One visited, saying, “Your name will be Israel.” 32 Elijah took the 12 stones and constructed an altar in honor of the Eternal One and carved a ditch out around it large enough to hold 13 quarts of seed. 33 He set up the wood, chopped up the bull, and placed it on top of the wood.


March 7 Musing

Pastor Stan’s Musing

3rd Lenten Sunday-Cedar

March 7, 2021

1 Kings 6:15 The Voice

He covered the inner walls with cedar boards, overlaying the stone inner walls with wood from the floor to the ceiling, and he laid the floor with cypress boards.

I inherited a cedar chest made by my Grandfather Sigmon for his wife, Ethel. The wood had a beautiful patina and an outstanding aroma inside. She stored her handmade blankets, woolen clothing, and other valuables. For my wife, Valerie, I gave her a beautiful cedar chest. Also, Valerie’s grandmother Allen, had a cedar lined closet the length of her house. What a wonderful aroma to stand in the middle of this immense room, yet more importantly was the benefit of preservation. Cedar wood is very strong, moisture resistant, good sound proofing ability, and its oils have wonderful preserving ability. Insects and rot tend to be non-existent.


Feb 28 Musing

Pastor Stan’s Musing

A Tree Provided A Staff

February 28, 2021

Exodus 4:17 The Voice

Take this staff in your hand, and use it to perform the signs I have shown you.

Exodus 7:9

Eternal One: When Pharaoh says, “Do something wondrous to prove yourselves,” then, Moses, tell Aaron, “Take your staff and toss it at Pharaoh’s feet, and it will be transformed into a snake.”

Every child has used a stick as a cane or staff in their play world. My grandmother York used a cane for walking due to difficulties from a broken hip. She had one cane carved like an alligator that she purchased at an alligator farm in Florida. I wish that I owned this cane. It was carved from cypress word. Since Creation trees have provided walking tools for troubled walkers and yet, trees provided staffs for shepherds. The staff served various functions to guide an animal flock, a rescue tool from water or other dangers, and a defense weapon used on wild animals. In today’s lesson the wooden staff serves initially as an object to battle Pharaoh.