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Just Thinking... about Mental Health Month

Dana Everhart

2/1/2016

I have enough trouble keeping up with my wedding anniversary that I cannot not remember other dates like Mental Health Month. Forgive me if I am bringing the topic up early, but my spirit is guiding me to share my thoughts on mental health. Yes, we all need good mental health. It is far easier to state that than it is to achieve a healthy mind and spirit. I realize that, as a pastor, I cannot heal myself, because for one I don't have the advanced training that a mind like mine needs. Secondly, ...


Just Thinking... The Power of Prayer for General Conference

Dana Everhart

1/25/2016

Love/Unity - Lord, I lift up our love for one another as a body. Help us purify ourselves by obeying the truth so that our love for each other will be sincere, deep and from the heart. May our love for one another prove that we are Your disciples. Give us a spirit of unity so that we may glorify You with one heart and voice. Help us accept one another as we clothe ourselves in love. [1 Pet. 1:22; Jn. 13:34-35; Ro. 15:5-7; Col. 3:14] (from Life Giving Prayers for Your Church) Prayer is as ...


Just Thinking... and Asking "What is Good Worship?"

Dana Everhart

1/18/2016

Just Thinking ... This week Dr. Ed Phillips asked my DMin cohort to consider a question for discussion. He asked us, "What is good worship?" Well, that truly is a loaded question. In a day where worship wars abound and where everyone has an opinion about what good worship looks and sounds like, the question is as subjective as questions get at first look. I attempted to answer the question within the 500-word limit, but even now I struggle with my response, because worship requires more than ...


Just Thinking... New Beginnings and New Attitudes

Dana Everhart

1/11/2016

I had a fantastic week! I was kind of dreading it, if I am to be honest with you. After all I had not been in a true classroom setting with the likes of a professor such as Luther Smith in over 30 years. There were three books to read and two papers to write before December 31,  2015. There were lectures from 9 to 5 each day and  four papers to write, one a night. Plus a meeting with my project advisor to hear yes or no.  One lesson learned was that if God has opened this door, then there is ...


Just Thinking... and Praying for the New Year

Dana Everhart

1/4/2016

Oh my soul I'll worship Your Holy name You're rich in love And You're slow to anger Your name is great And Your heart is kind For all Your goodness I will keep on singing Ten thousand reasons For my heart to find Bless the Lord oh my soul Oh my soul Worship His Holy name Sing like never before Oh my soul I'll worship Your Holy name Bless You Lord And on that day When my strength is failing The end draws near And my time has come Still my soul will Sing Your praise unending Ten thousand years ...


Just Thinking.... An Advent Prayer for you

Dana Everhart

12/14/2015

Just Thinking ... A prayer for Advent from our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers: Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours. Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God's own work for justice. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father's joy. I seek His will so I can...


Just Thinking... Prepping for Christmas versus Adventing

Dana Everhart

12/7/2015

Just Thinking ... Why does it seem to take more energy to decorate and prepare the house for Advent and Christmas? Yes, I'm 55, and having to carry the tubs up from the basement storage takes a bit more effort. Yes, there is only me now to do this lifting and toting since we are empty nesters. Yes, the rush is not there, because it is only Sally and I who get to see the finished, decorated space. Yes, it is difficult to get in the "spirit" when your "work" doesn't seem to lend itself to the ...


Just Thinking... Heading into Advent

Dana Everhart

11/30/2015

Just Thinking ... Advent is here, and the rush to the manger begins. As you personally move toward the manger and the Christ Child are you strolling, power-walking, jogging, or running? I find it interesting that, for me, there are four ways to reach the manger, like the four candles of the Advent Wreath. Strolling - We begin by strolling,  not fully believing it is that time again. We see the decorations and enjoy the first hints of the season. We move down the path taking in all the sights, ...


Just Thinking... and Giving Thanks

Dana Everhart

11/23/2015

How did it get to be Thanksgiving again? Well, I ,for one, am excited that it is the season of gratitude which launches us into the season of Advent.  Lots of people are sharing on social media one thing a day for which they are thankful. I would love to do that, but I barely get my friends a "Happy Birthday" on Facebook, so I have not been able to share my reasons for thankfulness.  I hope you will indulge me the privilege of sharing with you what I'm thankful for this year.  I'm thankful for...


Just Thinking... About Balance

Dana Everhart

11/16/2015

Just Thinking   We are called to be pastor, prophet, and priest. I realize that some of us have strength in one of those more so than in another, but this does not give us a license to ignore that "weaker" aspect of our ministry. I learned early on that people love to call us "Pastor." It took me a while to accept that was how they expressed respect and expectation. I never use the term in introducing myself, but I share that I am a pastor and that it is a privilege to share in the faith ...


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