Greater Than Jewelry

December 31, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Acts 5 Wearing a piece of jewelry in the shape of a cross, or inserting a fish symbol within a business presentation may be an indicator of discipleship. Such things may also simply be an appreciate for shiny objects or clever design. Sports teams and schools find themselves inContinue reading “Greater Than Jewelry”

An Intentional Journey

December 24, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 2 “…Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem…” (Matthew 2:7-8a). The intrepid and mysterious strangers focus on their mission. No king or laborious travel keeps them from their perceived assignment to find theContinue reading “An Intentional Journey”

Courageous Commitment

Friday, November 19, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 2 Competition’s commitment motivates athletes to follow tightly structured lives. Following through with good diets, their discipline includes completing sport-specific mental and physical training. Truly, a holistic spiritual strategy. Spiritual commitment motivates disciples of Jesus to tightly hold Scripture’s truths. We are committed to “working out,”Continue reading “Courageous Commitment”

Citizens of the City

October 15, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Hebrews 13 Doubling down, hope dreams of a different life. The first part of the double calls to faith’s named patriarch. “…for he [Abraham] was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” The double’s second half reminds all disciples: “For here we doContinue reading “Citizens of the City”

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”

Sacred Work

July 30, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 36 Common sense, spiritual sense and yes, it is the tradition of our people. Different tasks assigned and accepted, according to differing abilities. The strategy makes good sense. Holiness accentuates our work. The gifting of God, caused by God, granted by God, placed by God, Potter to theContinue reading “Sacred Work”

No Cheap Ticket

Friday, July 16, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 34:1–35           Preparation— Did you remember to bring stone tablets? Before you arrive in the Presence, are you even thinking of stone tablets?  “Stone tablets? No, it never occurred to me. You mean that’s my admission ticket?” one disciple replied. [When you come before Me,] “The Lord said to Moses,Continue reading “No Cheap Ticket”

The Imperfect Disciple

June 18, 2021 When the Spotlight Feels Like Fire Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 6 Moses’ words of self-description, “…I speak with faltering lips,” are emotionally bracketing bookends within his soul (Exodus 6:12 & 30). Today’s Scripture resource is held together with identical-twin statements.  When we repeat our words and phrases, when we repeat ourselves inContinue reading “The Imperfect Disciple”

Mutual Submission-Soul Food

April 30, 2021 The rubric to succeeding sections of the Ephesian’s letter, if you will permit me to identify it as such, is central to each believer’s spiritual diet: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase The Message provides a meal in these words: “Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverentContinue reading “Mutual Submission-Soul Food”

True Stories

December 4, 2020 Scripture Resource Passage: Revelation 5 The Stories Homer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy, Singer, Christie, Solzhenitsyn and story-tellers around the galaxy provide rich traditions of insight and struggle.  I love stories with faces of joy, blessing, peace, grace, kindness, patience, goodness and God’s presence. Stories also connect me to pain, suffering, infidelity, foul plots, evil,Continue reading “True Stories”