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Sanitation or Sanctification -Desi News

By Pastor Tony Zekveld ~ Nov 1, 2017

                                                                          Sanitation or Sanctification? Sanitation has to do with making or keeping clean. We take baths; we keep our homes, schools and hospitals clean.  Medical equipment is frequently sanitized.    Sanitation, you might say, is keeping the ‘outside’ clean.   Sanctification applies to the inside, the heart of a...

Are You Thankful? -- Desi News

By Pastor Tony Zekveld ~ Oct 1, 2017

                                                                                Are You Thankful? That’s a fair question to ask.  It’s a timely question.  Thanksgiving Day, our national holiday, is just around the corner.   This day coincides with the timing of the harvest.  Most crops, including fruits and vegetables, have been harvested and stored.  Again, there is an abundance!  This is a time to give thanks.  Are you thankful?...

How Many Races Are There? - Desi News

By Pastor Tony Zekveld ~ Sep 1, 2017

                                                                How Many Races Are There?   Lately there has been a plethora of voices on the news and talk shows about racism. So much of the debate has been fueled by the violent clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters on August 13 in Charlottesville, Virginia.   Since then “a far-right protest” drew hundreds...

Christian Education: A Distinct Alternative - Desi News

By Pastor Tony Zekveld ~ Aug 1, 2017

                                                                Christian Education: A Distinct Alternative You may be thinking about your child’s education again. Summer is half over.  School is just around the corner: new teacher, new school year, and new things to learn.   You are still on vacation mode but thoughts are now focusing on purchasing school supplies, and checking out good prices on your child’s favorite...

Teens and work - Desi News

By Pastor Tony Zekveld ~ Jul 1, 2017

                                                                                Teens and Work Reading a recent report, I was saddened to learn that many teens [ages 16+] do not work.  It’s not that work is not available; they have no desire to work.   There may be multiple reasons.  But I want to give reasons to parents why work is so important for their teens.  Summer is here and...

Wasting Precious Life - Desi News

By Pastor Tony Zekveld ~ Jun 1, 2017

                                                Wasting Precious Life Boredom, leisure, pleasure and lack of incentive to work hard describe our modern digital age.  Part of the reason, I believe, is that many lack purpose and focus in life, and therefore motivation.   Many dads and moms share with me their grief as they think of...

Status or Relationships? - Desi News

By Pastor Tony Zekveld ~ May 1, 2017

There is something in us that makes us want to look really good on the outside.  We often see ourselves in relation to others.  We want ‘one-up’ in rank or position.  Call it status.  A neighbor, friend or relative have a nice car, a beautiful home, and educated children.  You want to do ‘one-up’ on them by getting a nicer...

Can Religion Help? - Desi News

By Pastor Tony Zekveld ~ Apr 1, 2017

Some say religion is a ‘crutch. ’ You use it when you need it, and then you throw the crutch away. It’s not so different from the view of Karl Marx who called religion, “the opium of the people.” It’s like a drug; use it when you need it if you think it helps you to function in daily life....