Monthly Archives: July 2012

Psalm 78:23-29

Psalm 78:23-29 Today’s psalm recalls the story of the Israelites in the wilderness and how God fed them using the ways and powers of God. Notice that God didn’t just feed them, but God “gave them what they craved.” God listened and responded to the… Continue reading


Pondering Do you ever just sit and ponder about what was and what is? I do this quite often, as I seem to be doing this morning. I think of the times when I was very rebellious. I had been raised in the church, but… Continue reading

The people God wants us to be

The people God wants us to be Several years ago, there was a story out of the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin about a rare female whooping crane named Tex who for some reason seemed to have an emotional attachment to male humans but not… Continue reading

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 The congregation of the Israelites had some words of complaint about their current situation. “We are hungry!” they said. “You led us out away from what we once knew to a place we have yet to see, with a life and food… Continue reading

Break Now the Bread of Life

Break Now the Bread of Life This beautiful hymn by Mary Lathbury reminds us of a deeper meaning of the “Feeding of the Five Thousand.” John’s Gospel tells us the crowd followed Jesus that day because of the signs he was doing for the sick.… Continue reading

A Gift Multiplied

“A Gift Multiplied: A Cheerful Sacrifice,” by: Ken Medema Verse 1: Here is the bread I’ve been blessed with today. Here are the treasures I’ve found on the way— Gifts not to grasp or to horde or to hide, For a gift that is shared… Continue reading

John 6:1-21

John 6:1-21 So often in life, when we face a problem or challenge, we have the same response that Jesus’ disciples had to the problem of the hungry crowd. Jesus asked, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” They answered, “Lord,… Continue reading

John 6:1-21

John 6:1-21 “Location, location, location”—so goes the real estate mantra. When it comes to Jesus’ miracles, location can also be important. John’s Gospel tells us that the “Feeding of the Five Thousand” took place on a hillside on the other side of the sea of… Continue reading

Ephesians 3:14-21

Ephesians 3:14-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20) Imagination is a wonderful and powerful gift! When our children were little, they could turn… Continue reading

Psalm 145:16

Psalm 145: Our hands tell a story. I think of my grandfather’s hands. He was a rancher. I can still picture his hands folded in prayer at the head of the table. Large hands—calloused and worn, dirt under his fingernails from working in the fields,… Continue reading