Outlanders Brought Near

November 12, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Ephesians 2:11-18  Exclusively Jewish—during many centuries Hebrews were the Father’s people; they belonged to God and one another. They were the people of the Covenant. They were the people of the Exodus with its unleavened bread. They were the people of Sinai and the Law. They were the peopleContinue reading “Outlanders Brought Near”

Communion Gathering

August 27, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Corinthians 11 Communion blossoms from the words of Jesus. A key leader adds color to the adapted Passover evening. Adding to our understanding he writes, “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,and whenContinue reading “Communion Gathering”

Friendship with God

August 6, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: John 1 Loneliness challenges the heart. Isolated and without personal or divine connection, my soul’s dry dryness causes me to shrivel. We become unrecognizable. When life is a desert we look for water and shade from the noon-day heat lest spiritual thirst destroy us.  Drink deeply. Jesus, the refreshingContinue reading “Friendship with God”

Diversity in Abundance

April 23, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Corinthians 12 Extra resources are included at the end of today’s blog. Hopefully you will find them helpful. Today’s Scripture resource passage proclaims diversity.  As it was at Creation, the profound presence of the Spirit encourages disciples’ appreciation for God’s expressive universe (Genesis 1:2). Christ’s churches are filled withContinue reading “Diversity in Abundance”

Fools Before Sunrise, The Third Day

April 2, 2021—One day after Fool’s Day Scripture Resource Passage: John 20 During the dark of the moon, looking to the sky on a cloudless night the stars glisten, illuminating faith’s imagination. Only a fool would say, “There is no light.”  It was as it should have been—early dark of the second morning—then, the blazingContinue reading “Fools Before Sunrise, The Third Day”

Finding Trees and Bunnies

Finding Peace and Joy March 26, 2021 Scripture Resource Passages: Acts 13 and Romans 14 Christmas makes me happy. Great foods, solid memories and most years, family gatherings. As you are aware happiness can be secular, thoroughly crafted by the spirit of the times, not necessarily the Holy Spirit of God.   Around us individualsContinue reading “Finding Trees and Bunnies”

Prayer’s Privilege

March 19, 2021 Scripture Resource Passages: Ephesians 1:15-20; 3:14-21 Our prayers for life, liberty and happiness abound. Listen to disciples praying individually or in groups and you will hear prayers for help, support and assistance. Walk through a hospital’s Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Department and the prayers magnify with intensity. Journey through a PediatricContinue reading “Prayer’s Privilege”

A Supreme Court Decision

March 12, 2021   Scripture Resource Passage: John 5:16-30 Lifting up Jesus, raising holy hands and singing, we acknowledge the saving achievement. God’s people are enamored of Him. We celebrate and honor the Father. We desperately seek the Spirit’s movement in our midst; and to Jesus we look for redemption in the supreme court of justice.Continue reading “A Supreme Court Decision”

The Blessed Life

Images of Divinity While Enduring Flesh and Blood or, The Puzzling Puzzle of Discipleship Scripture Resource Passage: Revelation 22 What could be more desirable? What greater eternal outcome could a disciple receive than the blessing? If you are bold, consider seeking God’s blessing; but be aware your journey may cross flood-stage rivers pounding you among the boulders.Continue reading “The Blessed Life”

Evil Does Not Persist

Scripture Resource Passage: Revelation 20:7-10 A very important, though admittedly challenging passage. Please let me know what you make of it. During today’s troubling hours and in times to come, evil’s foulness will continue. We, the disciples of Christ Jesus sustain faith in many ways including our certain hope: Evil shall not persist!  Evil shallContinue reading “Evil Does Not Persist”