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An Antidote to Dread

AN ANTIDOTE TO DREAD   Philippians 4:4-9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be...
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Servant Leaders

SERVANT LEADERS   Matthew 23:1-12   Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 4 They...
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Learning Through Hardship

LEARNING THROUGH HARDSHIP Perhaps because the Psalm 46 touches my heart, I was almost reluctant to spend a lot of time in my head examining it.  Much as music can soothe my soul, these words embrace and assure.  I don’t really need to know how or why.  I am...
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God Insists on Grace

GOD INSISTS ON GRACE  I know Jonah best as a children’s story.  As I learned it, Jonah is called to go to the wicked city of Nineveh to cry out against it.  Jonah wanted no part of such a call and he tried to flee to Tarshish, the western most city in the...
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Faith and Politics

FAITH AND POLITICS   I have never thought of the book of Ruth as a political statement. In fact it is probably best remembered for Ruth’s declaration of fidelity to her mother in law, Naomi in chapter 1:16,17 “Do not press me to leave you  or to turn back from following...
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A God Who Keeps Promises

A GOD WHO KEEPS PROMISES  Exodus 32: 7-14     The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8 they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for...
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Find Your Center

FIND YOUR CENTER Deuteronomy 6   1 Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, 2 so that you and your children and your children’s children may...
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Feels Like Home

FEELS  LIKE HOME   Exodus 2: 11-16; 3:7-14   2:11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and saw their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his kinsfolk. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he killed the...
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Contending with God

CONTENDING WITH GOD   Genesis 32: 22-31   22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24 Jacob was...
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Surely the Lord is in This Place

SURELY THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE Genesis 28:10-17 10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12...
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