The Immediacy of a Child

Friday, August 19, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Mark 10:13-16 (please read) Across the western world arguments of personal rights and abortion legislation overflow news reports. Shouting marchers and placard bearers line sidewalks and spill into the streets. Law enforcement continues to be a buffer with little hope of appreciation or thanks from protestors. We areContinue reading “The Immediacy of a Child”

Fishing Smells

Friday, March 25, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 4 Imagine the smells of a fishing business. Doesn’t seem like a fragrance particularly aligning with God’s holiness. See the holy Presence. Raw sunburned hands, eyes squinting against the hard diamonds of the sun’s reflection from Galilee’s waters, then suddenly Jesus. “You guys. Yes, you. I wantContinue reading “Fishing Smells”

Humility Avoids Arrogance

January 7, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 5 Instructing an entire group of disciples our brother Peter writes, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time”Continue reading “Humility Avoids Arrogance”

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”

Silence Seldom Sounds

December 17, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 2 Thessalonians 2 Wisps of foul noise blow across our world. Silence seldom sounds. Raucous voices demand to be heard. Abundant confusion spreads misinformation across many platforms. Writing of Christ’s return and prompted by false rumors an apostle encourages, “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our beingContinue reading “Silence Seldom Sounds”

Money for a Building

July 23, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 37:1 – 38:31   Please read the passage The Tabernacle was a packable, transportable, spiritually significant meeting place. God was Designer and Architect. The detailed construction story opened in Exodus 25. Bezalel’s work in building the traveling tent—the Tent of Meeting—the Tabernacle, is detailed in Exodus 37-38. For thoughtful disciplesContinue reading “Money for a Building”

Training Days

June 25, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 23 During training days, when the people of God were being called, formed and enlightened as to their new identity, specific instructions were provided. Exodus 23 specifies a few of these, some of which remain among the elementary truths of our Faith: “Do not spread false reports. Do notContinue reading “Training Days”

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”

Belief’s Heritage and the Divided Family

May 7, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Acts 16 Setting an example, establishing a pattern, following in the footsteps—each of these are descriptions in the heritage of belief. Fortunately, and greater than our genetic tendencies, there can be the blessed heritage of Christ. Families can be the practice-ground of faith. However, many families (certainly my own)Continue reading “Belief’s Heritage and the Divided Family”

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”