The Long Way Around

June 24, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 13 I like shortcuts. I love shortcuts to success. Shortcuts are great for just about everything except getting the flu. Unfortunately, not all my shortcuts work out with glorious outcomes. Sometimes perfectly well-intentioned shortcuts thunder as disaster approaches like Frankenstein’s footsteps. At other times I’m not close toContinue reading “The Long Way Around”

Humility Should Adorn Us

June 17, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 14 Jesus counsels his disciples, “…all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). As disciples we monitor our interior self, as well as our public demeanor. We have reasons to be thankful as well as humble. We celebrateContinue reading “Humility Should Adorn Us”

Tender Mercy; the Dirty Feet of Jesus

June 10, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 7 She never speaks. Not a single word blots the page. Tears flow—her cheeks wetted with passion. Her hair is dirty yet, over her vocal cords no words flow. Her concern appears to be the dirty feet of Jesus. Why is she crying?  The scene: “A woman inContinue reading “Tender Mercy; the Dirty Feet of Jesus”

Coram Deo

May 13-14, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 19:16-30 Self-awareness of spiritual poverty is not a 21st century phenomena. In the days before the betrayal, arrest and sentencing of Jesus, a person-standing Coram Deo, “In the presence of God” asked, “What do I still lack?” (Matthew 19:20).  If you are willing, in this 21st century seasonContinue reading “Coram Deo”

Certain Uncertain Times

April 29, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 24 Wars roar. https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-04-27-22/index.html Volcanoes erupt. https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/01/17/tonga-volcano-eruption-orig-tp-jc.cnn Videos from Ukraine and Tonga are compelling. Are these signs of an imminent and ultimate divine intervention? Jesus urges all disciples to precisely engage in understanding Earth’s events. “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigsContinue reading “Certain Uncertain Times”

Water Fish Bread

April 22, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 14 Many times disciples wish Jesus would intervene. The current tumult happening in and around Ukraine is no exception. Afghanistan is reportedly wild with hunger. We wish Jesus would immediately and providently bring relief. Jesus at one time did intervene. Do we wait on divine transactions for solutions?Continue reading “Water Fish Bread”

Easter Prayers; Not a Bunny In View

Good Friday, April 15, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: “He is risen as He said” Evil stalks many lands. We mourn the ongoing tragedies. Ukraine’s church buildings are not to be filled on Resurrection Sunday. Disciples accustomed to gathering in normal places may have to seek new settings. Those disciples long to see the conflict end,Continue reading “Easter Prayers; Not a Bunny In View”

Personal Demonic Presence

Friday, April 8, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 9  Reading today’s passage connects you with a spiritual power-encounter. Two blind men and one with a speech impediment are on the scene. The following reflection provides an entryway into investigating such occurrences, and today’s troubling international events. Each illness cannot be clearly connected to demonic influence.Continue reading “Personal Demonic Presence”

Spiritual Mosquitoes

Friday, April 1, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 14 Bible in hand, I sit down ready to read. My occasional journal is ready for fresh ink. I come to these moments seeking God’s guidance. Without speaking aloud I address God. “Lord, You are Sovereign. I am here to listen. I am your servant. My heartContinue reading “Spiritual Mosquitoes”

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”