Monthly Archives: May 2014

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a Friend We Have in Jesus What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry ev’rything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit; oh, what needless pain we bear— all because… Continue reading




John 17:1-11

John 17:1-11 The gospel reading for this week comes at the end of Jesus’ farewell speeches to his Apostles in the Gospel of John. Luke’s gospel tells us that, in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from… Continue reading




John 17:1-11

John 17:1-11 Two things profoundly shaped my prayer life and faith as a child and youth: the fear of losing my mother, who had multiple health problems, and World War II. On this Ascension Day, this week’s gospel reading from John shows how prayer shaped… Continue reading




1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11

1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 During one of my retirement interims, I faced the challenge of preaching on the Sunday following 9/11. My message began with a story about two Christians who suffered in a German concentration camp in World War II—Corrie and Betsy Ten Boom.… Continue reading




“What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?” 2 Samuel 9:8

“What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?” 2 Samuel 9:8 If Mephibosheth was thus humbled by David’s kindness, what shall we be in the presence of our gracious Lord? The more grace we have, the less… Continue reading




Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 I am a walking pray-er. As I walk, I’m reminded of something Philip Yancey stresses in his book “Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?” “God is the starting point of prayer.” To that end, I have found it helpful to use Luther’s… Continue reading




Acts 1:6-14

Acts 1:6-14 One Sunday in my preschool days, I asked my mother, “Couldn’t we get in our car and drive to heaven?” My Sunday school teacher had helped make Jesus and heaven real to me. Each student had a picture of Jesus, the Good Shepherd,… Continue reading




Alleluia! Sing To Jesus

Alleluia! Sing To Jesus Alleluia! Sing to Jesus; his the scepter, his the throne; Alleluia! his the triumph, his the victory alone. Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion thunder like a mighty flood: “Jesus out of ev’ry nation has redeemed us by his blood.” Alleluia!… Continue reading




Rebuilding Broken Bridges

Rebuilding Broken Bridges · Kerry Shook · “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 (NIV) If “blessed” means pure joy and happiness, than how can this Beatitude make sense? “Blessed are those who mourn…” It’s like saying, “Happy are the… Continue reading




Shall We Gather at the River

Shall We Gather at the River Shall we gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod, with its crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God? Refrain Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river; gather with the saints… Continue reading