Created for Generosity

“In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the works of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 NRSV For the past few months, I have focused my remarks on the theme of

Being Responsible with God’s Generosity

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’” Matthew 25:21 NIV “Read me a story!”  Parents often hear these words as a child is preparing for his or her bedtime.  Such a request indicates the child wishes to be brought into an experience that is unique, often beyond the realm of the ordinary.  Stories

Every Bit Helps

“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I’m going to be honest; this poor widow has put in more than all others for she has given everything she has.’” Mark 12:43-44 (My Paraphrase)             I must admit, it’s one of my favorite stories in the Gospels.  I’m pretty sure you are familiar with my paraphrase from Mark

I’m Not Crazy (Well Not Yet)!

“They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.”  Luke 24:2 NRSV “I know I’m not crazy!  It was right there just a moment ago!”  Perhaps you can relate to these words and the situation which often leads to such a declaration.  You go

Why Do You Have That Smudge?

The world behind me, the cross before me, The world behind me, the cross before me; The world behind me, the cross before me; No turning back, no turning back. The words of that great invitational hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” run through my mind on this Ash Wednesday as I reflect upon

It’s More Than a Box of Chocolates

Won’t you be my Valentine?  I know!  Most likely your answer will be “no” because you already have or have had someone who better fits such a role within your life.  But, hey, it was worth a shot!  The reality is I am spoken for as you already know, but that question was upon my

Growing in Our Faith Tradition

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. It is hard to believe how this time last year I began a series of newsletter reflections emphasizing the mission of Little Rock OFWB Church. I hope by now you have a greater understanding and appreciation for who we are as a local congregation. We

A Place for Service (Part 2)

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 NRSV Throughout the witness of Scripture, Christian service is never a matter of “if,” but “when.”  The assumption is made (with a favorable response) that service is a

A Place for Service (Part 1)

“But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant…” Matthew 20:25-26 NRSV Be careful what you ask

A Place for Fellowship/Community

“Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47 NRSV It