Monthly Archives: December 2013

Psalm 147:12-20

Psalm 147:12-20 On this eve of a new year it is natural to reflect on the year past. I am particularly mindful of the blessings I have received this year. I resonate most with the psalm writer’s words in verse 14, “He grants peace within… Continue reading

God’s Waiting Room

God’s Waiting Room Previous Woodlands Church 2 hours ago “Until the time came to fulfill his dreams the Lord tested Joseph’s character.” Psalm 105:19 (NLT) Joseph is one of my favorite characters in all of the Bible. There are more chapters committed to his life… Continue reading

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Jeremiah 31:7-14 (NRSV) 7 For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.” 8 See, I am going to bring… Continue reading

Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling

Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me. See, on the portals he’s waiting and watching, watching for you and for me. Refrain “Come home, (Come home,) come home! (come home!) You who are weary,… Continue reading

Onward, Christian Soldiers

Onward, Christian Soldiers Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before. Christ, the royal master, leads against the foe; forward into battle, see, his banners go! (Refrain) Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of… Continue reading

John 21:20-25

John 21:20-25 Like John the Apostle, you and I spiritually lie close to the heart of Jesus as we witness his love for us and commit ourselves to the care of one another. Tradition holds that John was the son of Zebedee and Salome and… Continue reading

Matthew 23:34-39

Matthew 23:34-39 We are drawing very near to the beginning of a New Year. What resolutions or sacrifices will you make in 2014? The gospel for this day speaks of “killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent.” Saint Stephen is recognized as the… Continue reading

John 1:1-5, 14

John 1:1-5, 14 The star of promise that shone throughout the nights of Advent has now become the sun of grace. The dawn of Christmas has appeared. This day we celebrate our source, our light, our life, our desire. In Christ, the Word made flesh,… Continue reading

“Happy Birthday Jesus”

“Happy Birthday Jesus” Let us today go down to Bethlehem, and in company with wondering shepherds and adoring Magi, let us see him who was born King of the Jews, for we by faith can claim an interest in him, and can sing, “Unto us… Continue reading

Isaiah 9:2-7

Isaiah 9:2-7 Giving birth is an incredibly hopeful, incredibly messy and very human activity. What does it say about our God that God chose to redeem all of creation through this most fundamental of all human activities? It has been said that the most hopeful,… Continue reading