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From the Pastor’s Wife – Excuses, Excuses

by Holly Grafton

As a young girl, I tapped my toe and laughed as three guys with guitars and banjos belted out the song, “Excuses” in our small church.  The chorus went like this: Excuses, excuses, you’ll hear them every day.  And the Devil he’ll supply them, if the church you stay away.  When people come to know the […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – A Christian Response To Mistreatment

by Holly Grafton

You’ve probably seen them.  The following quotes seem to be very popular on social media memes these days: “I’ve been stabbed in the back by those I needed most.  I’ve been lied to by those I love and I have felt alone when I couldn’t afford to be.  At the end of the day, I […]

From the Pastor’s Wife -Lessons From Flowers

by Holly Grafton

Last fall I planted tulips around the church sign and anticipated how beautiful they’d look in the spring.  Through the long winter, I wondered at times if I’d planted them deep enough.  Would they make it?  In the early days of spring, I was delighted to see them poking through the cold dirt and receding […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – What Would God Have Me Do?

by Holly Grafton

Recent events can overwhelm the spirit.  Tragic accidents, persecution of Christians, earthquakes, riots, Supreme Court hearings, people pushing the boundaries in every direction…  I can’t help but feel as though a tidal wave is on the horizon and we’re busy building sandcastles on the beach.  What would God have me do?   Fighting my own […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – “Bright Spots In Unlikely Places”

by Holly Grafton

It’s spring!  I love seeing the grass turn green.  Most of all I enjoy watching spring flowers pop up and display their bright colors in stark contrast to the dead leaves and grasses around them.  While driving down the road, have you ever noticed daffodils growing in strange places?    I used to walk in the […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – “Who Will Love Me?”

by Holly Grafton

As February 14th approaches, everything Valentine greets customers in the stores. At first it is despised because most of it has been there since the day after Christmas. The week of Valentine’s Day, however, marketing intensifies.  From the moment you walk in the door, an array of desserts, icing-topped cookies and cakes, and heart-shaped boxes […]

Beware the Frozen Heart!

by Ryan Grafton

With approximately two feet of snow on the ground, winter is getting old, fast!  The majority of the wind-swept storm systems come from the northwest and most of the south-facing roof surface of the church building has been covered with drifts three to five feet thick!  Even with all of the effort to pull snow […]

Not Enough?

by Ryan Grafton

To the members and friends of First Baptist Church of Edinboro.  The message of the morning was a sincere and honest effort to properly address the void that people fill in all sorts of ways.  They feel they are missing out, or lacking enlightenment, as if the worst sin that could possibly be committed is […]

From the Pastor’s Wife – For God So Loved, That He Gave…

by Holly Grafton

As I sorted through my Christmas decorations this year, I noticed my tastes have changed a bit through the years.  There’s angelic decor and snowman decor, but for the last few years I’ve been acquiring lamp posts and lanterns.  Do you have favorite decorations, ornaments and Christmas traditions that are special to you?  Perhaps something […]

The Difference Between Poison Ivy and Mosquitoes

by Ryan Grafton

It’s been a rainy summer, so to be honest, when the kids’ first week of school came, my thoughts were, “No Way!  Did summer ever arrive?” (Technically,  it’s summer for a few more weeks, but try telling my kids that.)  For us, the rain means more mowing than we expected… AND more mosquitoes!  I’m totally […]