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Designed for Dignity

By Rev. Tony Zekveld ~ Sep 1, 2018

In his book, Designed for Dignity”, Pratt refers to a newspaper article entitled, “The Irony of Being Human.” The columnist reported two events that occurred on the same day. In the first story, a young woman was sitting in her hotel room. She left her husband and her two children to live with another man. But...

Hope Academy: A Good Choice

By Rev. Tony Zekveld ~ Aug 1, 2018

Hope Academy: A Good Choice September is around the corner; so is the new school year. As parents, we face many choices. And one of those choices is the kind of education our children receive. We easily assume there is only one kind of education for our children and that is publicly, state funded education. Our choice,...

Deceiving Others

By Rev. Tony Zekveld ~ Jul 1, 2018

Deceiving Others Deceiving others – is it okay? What if it is to your advantage? Is it then okay? Or, what about deceiving because you don’t want your friend to get hurt? We easily justify ourselves in deceiving others. Most people deceive to cover themselves and to gain advantage. People deceive agencies in order to get more money from the...

Where Is Your Treasue?

By Rev. Tony Zekveld ~ Jun 1, 2018

Where is Your Treasure? We live in a society where people are consumed by gaining treasure. want more, more, and more. try to outdo our neighbor. It’s like we are rushing a hundred kilometers an hour. For what? Only to end up in our graves and lose everything. What have we gained? I have been reading to a group of...

Words Can Never Hurt Me?

By Rev. Tony Zekveld ~ May 1, 2018

    Words Can Never Hurt Me? You may be familiar with the child’s retort to the playground taunt: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” But words can hurt more and the wounds that words can inflict may take a long time to heal....

Forgiving and Giving

By Rev. Tony Zekveld ~ Apr 1, 2018

  Forgiving and Giving Some of the most difficult words to say are, “I am sorry. Will you forgive me?” Almost as difficult are the words, “I forgive you.”   How do you forgive a person who has so wronged you and hurt you? Forgiving is saying ‘I no longer hold against you...

Living Contentedly

By Rev. Tony Zekveld ~ Mar 1, 2018

Living Contentedly one is content, he is satisfied. His heart is happy, even full. Discontentment, on the other hand, as one author says, “is life’s thief.” It robs you of happiness, peace and satisfaction. We think about what we don’t have. Sometimes, we are obsessed day and night – wanting but not having. And when we get what we want,...

Loneliness

By Rev. Tony Zekveld ~ Feb 1, 2018

Loneliness If you build walls, you don’t get hurt. If you never love, then you’ll never cry. This reminds me of an old song by Simon and Garfunkle, “I Am A Rock; I Am An Island” The song ends with these two lines, “And a rock feels no pain, and an island never cries.” ...

Holding Life Together [New Years Message 2018]

By Rev. Tony Zekveld ~ Jan 1, 2018

Scripture: Colossians 1:15-20                                                                                                     2018-01-01 Text: Colossians 1:17b In Him, All Things Hold Together! Beloved in Christ, as we begin this New Year, we may be asking, ‘will it be blessed?  Will it be happy?  Will it be good?’  ...

Holding Life Together in the New Year

By Pastor Tony Zekveld ~ Jan 1, 2018

Happy New Year!   We say it so easy without thinking about it.   Will it be happy?  Will it be good?   We enter the year with new expectations and new hopes.   But will I be able to hold my life together?   I think you agree with me that we don’t have that kind of power.   We don’t have...

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 person. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....