Be Thankful

And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  Col. 3:16 Stop judging and you will not be judged.  Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.  Forgive and[read more]

Cleanse First the Inside

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,  you hypocrites.  You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.  Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.” Matthew 23: 25-6 A wise teacher used to remind us that “the unconscious[read more]

Overcoming Despair

The Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have and save Israel from the power of Midian. It is I who send you.” But Gideon answered him, “Please, my lord, how can I save Israel? My family is the lowliest in Manasseh, and I am the most insignificant in my father’s[read more]

The Courage To Sit Still

“I gave you a land that you had not tilled and cities that you had not built, to dwell in; you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.” Joshua 24: 13 Joshua gathers the people and, in God’s name, he re-tells them the story of their birth and ongoing life[read more]

Freedom and Responsibility

The people contended with Moses, exclaiming, “Would that we too had perished with our kinsmen in the Lord’s presence!  Why have you brought the Lord’s assembly into the desert where we and our livestock are dying?  Why did you lead us out of Egypt, only to bring us to this wretched place which has neither[read more]

Prayer and Transfiguration

Jesus , taking Peter and John and James, went up onto the mountain to pray.  As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzlingly white. Luke 9: 28-29 Yesterday I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts entitled Open Source.  It was a discussion of the Democratic[read more]

The Lord’s Work

At the sight of the crowds, Jesus’ heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Matthew[read more]