Author: Steve

3: Appropriating Grace

     At the beginning of a new year we have high hopes and new plans. But where do we find the grace or the power to fuel our lofty ambitions? How do we receive from the God the divine strength to accomplish what is on our heart?…

2: Blessing Mom and Mate

     It seems that men derive much of their sense of personal worth from their job. When a man is successful at work, in a sport or at a hobby, it builds his self esteem. Men derive satisfaction in knowing they are good at their job and…

1: The Christian World

Introduction      One of the most encouraging scriptures to me has been Romans 8:1. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. I have a tendency to be discouraged when I don’t measure up to what I think I ought to be…

Wonderful Surprises

I felt like a kid this weekend. Like one of my own kids. As I was thanking God for a wonderful weekend in which I saw His hand changing my travel plans and providing me with unexpected and better plans, it dawned on me that…

Visiting Our Roots

On Saturday, Sandi, Johnny, Ethan, Anna, and I spent an hour on the original Garman farm that was purchased from William Penn’s son. My maternal grandfather lived in Lancaster County before moving to Western Pennsylvania to attend the University of Pittsburgh. I remember coming to…

A Visit to Singapore

On the way home from Indonesia, Ethan, Anna, and I had a day and a half in Singapore. We had been invited to spend Sunday with the Siows who are Math-U-See users. I travel enough to know that most airports, hotels, and conference centers look…

Indonesia Part 2

Enough of my escapades. The reason we went was to encourage, equip, and otherwise bless our brethren in that part of the world. I normally would have pictures and more detail but security is a large concern considering the political climate. So my comments will…

Indonesia Part 1

No trip is without adventure, and mine started the day of (the scheduled) departure. Ethan, Anna, and I were at the checkin counter at Dulles Airport, when I pulled out my passport and saw a really young Steve looking at me. In fact I was…

Heading Out Again

I am off, on what seems to be my annual international trip. Ethan and Anna are also going as part of our teaching team!! Ethan will be working with the teens, Anna teaching music and working with the younger children, and I will be speaking…

Joni and Friends

Sunday morning Sandi, John, Ethan and myself left for the Pocono Mountains in NE Pennsylvania. The event was the Joni and Friends Family Camp held at Spruce Lake. We went as campers, having a handicapped son, joining the other 40+ families with special needs. And…