Onward Toward Lent

“The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.”  II Peter 3:9 NRSV Slow.  It’s not exactly one of society’s favorite words.  Wait for even a moment after a stoplight turns green and, more likely than

Don’t Lose Hope! God’s Still at Work!

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 NRSV               Anxiety.  Worry.  Stress.  Each of these words seems synonymous with our

What Is in a Name?

“She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 NRSV                  I think we are all ready for a fresh start.  The year 2020 has not exactly been anyone’s “cup of tea” and here we are at the cusp of the

November 2020

                Most months you receive what some may consider a devotion, mini sermon, or reflections on a particular Scripture or subject.  For November, I have decided to take a different direction in an effort to share my gratitude for what has been this year as well as a preview of ministries on the horizon.  I know

We Can Do This!

“Therefore encourage and build each other up…” I Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)Attitude goes a long way. I have heard this countless times in my forty years of life. From teachersto students, coaches to athletes, and even doctors to patients, it is a reminder that one’s outlook on a situationcan have a tremendous impact upon the future.

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