Looking Back On Our Lives

Jan 06, 2020

When I look back on my life, I can clearly see God in everything that happened: from spending my formative years in a hell-fire-and-damnation church to allowing me time to grow up, to mature before I had kids, from leading me out of the church into a cult where I learned that there are different […]

Love God With All of Ourselves

Dec 30, 2019

Isn’t it interesting that we Christians argue over beliefs, over who has the right ones and who is going to heaven and who isn’t. We argue over faith vs. works. All we have to do is to turned to Jesus’s Two Great Commandments showing us exactly what He thought our journey in Him should be. […]

Gratitude

Dec 23, 2019

“How often I expect life to go well because, well, because I’m a good person and I deserve it. How we privileged folks take our blessings for granted. What if I were to shed that arrogance, lay down the burden of expecting everything to be fine, and greet every grace with wonder and amazement? I’d […]

Awaiting the Birth of the Christ Child

Dec 16, 2019

We are awaiting the birth of the Christ child; it’s Advent season, the beginning of the church year, the celebration of Christmas. It’s a beautiful season of buying and giving gifts, but the meaning of Jesus’s birth gets lost often in the commercialism and materialism of how we celebrate it. Let’s take more than a […]

Fasting

Dec 09, 2019

Nothing in the Bible confronts me where I am more than Isaiah 58’s passage about fasting. Essentially Isaiah is saying that when we fast or tithe or give to the poor and needy, we continue to abuse our workers, we quarrel, we continue our sinful ways and hope to look like we are pious, good […]

The Cross

Dec 02, 2019

The cross that Jesus died on is a rich symbol of Christianity. First, it represents how Jesus died for us and then was not held by death, but rose, resurrected into new life. So there is life after death for us, too, symbolized by the cross. That means that each time we face death of […]

The Good News

Nov 25, 2019

As we surrender our lives to God and follow His leadership in our lives, there is one issue that seems to come up late in the process. Just as in my married life, where it took Hank and I 15-20 years to get to the point of no longer taking his anger at me and […]

The Truth Shall Set You Free!

Nov 18, 2019

In our history, we enslaved African men and women, but today we are all in captivity because of this blot on our history.  I’m not enslaved, you say, but I would disagree.  Look at what the aftermath of this sinful part of our history leaves us with: our guilt and shame at what our country […]

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Nov 11, 2019

The world would keep us apart, in competition with each other or in denying another the same rights as we have. But God’s reconciling love would bring us together. The world would have us judge others by race or economic or educational achievements or immigrant status(and other surface criterion). But when we look to Jesus […]

The 23rd Psalm

Nov 04, 2019

“The Lord is my shepherd…”[1]   The 23rd Psalm describes the nature of a loving relationship with God. It defines what trust is. It speaks of the faith we have in our Creator God who leads us, refreshes us, guides us, comforts us, treats us well in the presence of our enemies, and anoints us. […]