PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
September 16, 2018
In our epistle lesson this week (James 3:1-12), James reminds us of the importance of our words. He reminds us that our words, written or verbal, have the power to be used for good or bad, for good or gossip, to lift-up or tear-down, to heal or hurt. He says other things are not like this. Springs don’t produce fresh and salt water. Fig trees don’t produce figs and olives. Grapevines don’t produce grapes and figs. Our mouths and particularly our tongues ought not to produce words of blessing and words of cursing either.
James encourages us to be in control of the words that we write and say, because once we speak, post or send words, they can’t be taken back. He encourages us to be in control of the words we say and write and to try to always use them for one thing, for good; to show love, to spread peace, to grant forgiveness and to give hope. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.