Communion

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying,  “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 I had a conversation with a woman today who has had torn rotary cuffs for years. I should say, I attempted to have a conversation with her. All I actually did was listen. She went into her narrative and I wasn’t given an opportunity to say anything. All my efforts were ignored as she continued on with her story. This is an observation not a judgment, please do not hear me … Continue reading Communion

The Wise Men

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 1:10-11 This, of course, is referring to the story of the wise men coming to visit Jesus. We celebrated Christmas by telling the messages of advent for the weeks leading up to Christmas. Up to this point in the story of the coming of Jesus, the message was about the gifts Jesus brought into our lives – hope, … Continue reading The Wise Men

Let Us Settle the Matter

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”     says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet,     they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18 Some time ago, I became aware of the fact that unforgiveness can hinder physical healing.  Fred Luskin, PhD at Stanford University says; “Not forgiving – nursing a grudge – is so caustic.  It raises your blood pressure, depletes immune function, makes you more depressed and causes enormous physical stress to the whole body”.  Ok, I got it. I asked God to show me anyone … Continue reading Let Us Settle the Matter

Found That Sheep!

“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?  Luke 15:4 Jesus is talking to tax collectors and sinners who had come to hear Him.  The tax collectors had been complaining that Jesus welcomed sinners and even ate with them. So Jesus gave this parable…  A shepherd discovers that one sheep is missing.  The shepherd leaves the 99 and begins searching for the one that has wandered off. When he finds his … Continue reading Found That Sheep!

Welcome Home

For this son of mine was dead and is alive again;  he was lost and is found.’  Luke 15:24 He never stopped looking for his son to return home.  He watched the road expectantly, wondering, is this the day?  Is this the day my beloved son comes home? He was a wealthy man and had two sons.  In Jewish tradition, a father had to die for an inheritance to be given.  He was clearly alive the day his younger son approached him with the question that broke his heart. He asked his father to give him his inheritance even though … Continue reading Welcome Home

Kingdom Benefits

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:1-5 NLT In this Psalm, David commands his soul (his mind, his will and his emotions) to line up with his spirit and bless the … Continue reading Kingdom Benefits

Qualified

…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.  For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:12-14 When my son was homeschooled and in the ninth grade the curriculum we chose year had a built-in grading system. The kind most of us grew up with A,B,C,D,F. This was his first encounter with grades. I never used them because I have such an aversion to them. The first time he … Continue reading Qualified

Especially Then

Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. I John 3:1   I will never forget his smile. At least, I hope I never forget his smile. Or the words he spoke or the way he spoke them. Simple words, all he said was “especially then.”  He was ringing up my purchase at the hydroponic store and we got to talking about our kids. He has three. I have four. We talked about annoying behavior as well as not so annoying behavior. I made a … Continue reading Especially Then

Forgiven

I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. I John 2:12 One day a group of friends were playing basketball as they do every morning. And, as sometimes happens, words were spoken that could have divided not only the team, but friendships, as well. I ended the game and allowed tempers to cool and then began the work of peace-making. Most of the words were spoken to or about one boy, a boy they have all enjoyed, a boy who was reduced to tears over their behavior. I reminded them that … Continue reading Forgiven

Good King, Bad King

I read the Bible for the first time in 1983. I was a brand new Christian and wanted to see what God had to say for Himself. I started at Genesis and read through to Revelation. It took about 3 months. When I closed the book I lay my head down and cried. I grew up in a Presbyterian Church. We went on Sunday mornings and almost every other time the doors were open. I remember a lot of things but I don’t remember learning anything about God. I am sure He was mentioned but I’m just saying, for me, … Continue reading Good King, Bad King