Advent

Nov 28, 2022

11.28.22          Advent   The celebration of the birth of Jesus gets lost from the beginning in the Black Friday sales which are advertised in the weeks before Thanksgiving. Commercialism had taken over Advent over the last century, so that any church celebrations become just a footnote to this major gift-giving season. It’s sad because, for […]

Gratitude

Nov 21, 2022

11.21.22          Gratitude   I believe that gratitude to God for the life He has given us, for His presence in our lives, for all the blessings, and even for all the challenges and pain is the very essence of our love for God. When I look back on my life, I was most burdened by […]

Living in Christ’s Humility

Nov 14, 2022

11.14.22     “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in the spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing […]

Stewardship vs. Dominion

Nov 07, 2022

11.7.22   When God created this universe and our home planet Earth, He gave man dominion over it [Genesis 1:26-28]. That is the translation of both the KJV and RSV versions. The NIV and The Message give a slightly different slant: NIV translates it “may rule over” and the Message says “be responsible for.” God […]

In the Stillness…

Oct 31, 2022

10.31.22   “Be Still and Know That I Am God” writes the psalmist in Psalm 46:10. Being still in our minds, hearts, bodies, and souls is the true beginning of our spiritual journeys. Until we can achieve that stillness, we are beholden to the voices in our minds that have always ruled us—the guilt and […]

“We are how we treat each other and nothing more.”

Oct 24, 2022

10.24.22   There is a song, “Nothing More,[1]” recorded by The Alternative Routes, that I think best expresses the love that we are to have for our fellow men and women. Here are the lyrics of the chorus: We are love We are one We are how we treat each other when the day is […]

The Love We Share

Oct 17, 2022

10.17.22          God’s Love Shared   Following Jesus means to gradually give up the cultural conditioning, our family’s desires for us, and our own damaged self-image—all the trauma and difficulties in our lives–so that we can become untainted vehicles of God’s love and forgiveness. It is often a long process, but one that is rewarding as […]

Who Is My Neighbor?

Oct 03, 2022

10.3.22   Jesus illustrates who are our neighbors whom we are to love in several ways. First, he tells the parable of the Good Samaritan[Luke 10:25-37] to illustrate the neighbor as one who needs help. As He tells an expert in the law how to inherit eternal life, Jesus replied that we are to love […]

Heart, Soul, Body, and Mind Working Together

Sep 26, 2022

26.22 Our bodies, and hearts, and minds, and souls are all connected amazingly into an interdependent system just like the interconnectedness of all the plants and animals, waters, sun, and sky are all interconnected on this planet earth. Within ourselves, if we are really aware of what is going on in our bodies as well […]

9.19.22 Living in the Present Moment

Sep 19, 2022

Following Jesus means that we will at some point be able to experience the presence of God and to be present to whatever is happening right now in our lives. To be present means that we are free to just be and to enjoy what is happening right now, to be able to clearly see […]