Reading What?, Part 2

August 13, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:11-12 (Note: Yes, I know the old language sounds sexist in today’s environment.) “The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is noContinue reading “Reading What?, Part 2”

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”

Prayers in the Night

A book review Friday, June 3, 2022 If your spirit spins in perplexity, then Tish Harrison Warren ‘s Prayers in the Night may be part of God’s intervention for your summer soul. Boldly written with a disciple’s vision, Warren’s invitation to think and experience faith, resounds with encouragement. However, this is no walk through theContinue reading “Prayers in the Night”

Invitations Abounding

May 20, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 22 Yes, the passage is a parable—a story that shapes us. Jesus provides the parable, expressing at least a single emphasis, and possibly other key insights as well. One of those insights is found in these words: “So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyoneContinue reading “Invitations Abounding”

The One

May 6, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 4 A healer, One who made the lame walk and brought vision to the blind—he was in their midst. The eyewitness accounts and testimonies were credible but almost impossible to believe. Mary spoke to Martha. Martha told her neighbor. Caleb met with Matthew. They decided to ask theirContinue reading “The One”

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”

A Christmas Door and His Feet

January 14, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 2 During Jesus’ childhood, family-hope and faith revealed themselves through consistent determined practice: “Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover (Luke 2:41 emphasis added). Making the Jerusalem journey was faith’s testimony from Joseph and Mary. Later, and further opening the family’s frontContinue reading “A Christmas Door and His Feet”

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”

Animosity Received

Scripture resource Passage: John 15 Animosity sent, received and understood bruises my soul. “I don’t like you and neither does anyone else!” Hard to take. Many early disciples experienced the brutality revealed in Jesus’ words: “…As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That isContinue reading “Animosity Received”