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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....