Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sacrifice and Friendship I have called you friends . . . —John 15:15 Sacrifice and Friendship I have called you friends . . . —John 15:15 We will never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we surrender in every detail of our lives. Yet self-surrender… Continue reading




Blessed are they who thirst after the Righteous One.

The nearer to him, the nearer to the perfect calm of heaven; the nearer to him, the fuller the heart is, not only of peace, but of life, and vigour, and joy, for these all depend on constant intercourse with Jesus. What the sun is… Continue reading




The Ministry of the Unnoticed

The Ministry of the Unnoticed Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . —Matthew 5:3 The New Testament notices things that do not seem worthy of notice by our standards. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .” This literally means, “Blessed… Continue reading




Let Us Break Bread Together,”

“Let Us Break Bread Together,” Let us break bread together on our knees; let us break bread together on our knees. Refrain When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. Let us drink wine… Continue reading




Matthew 15:21-28

Matthew 15:21-28 In one of his parables Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is like finding a surprising treasure hidden in a field (Matthew 13). Faith is often like that surprising treasure for us. It shows up in surprising places. Sometimes when we least… Continue reading




Matthew 15:21-28

Matthew 15:21-28 “Have mercy on me, Lord!” the woman pleads. Mercy is a word that means to give kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly. The woman says, “I know! I may not deserve your kindness, but please, do it anyway.”… Continue reading




Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 This summer we have been studying the semi-continuous reading of the lectionary and digging deep into our family tree (going WAY back!) as we are inspired by the biblical stories of such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and others who weren’t exactly… Continue reading




Psalm 67:1-7

Psalm 67:1-7     Psalm 67:1-7 (NRSV) 1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, (Selah) 2 that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise you,… Continue reading




Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Who is it who gathers the outcasts of Israel? It is the Lord God, our reading tells us. What a wonderful description of God as the One who gathers the outcasts! This can bring comfort to those who have known the feeling… Continue reading




Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing Come, thou Fount of ev’ry blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. While the hope of endless glory fills my heart with joy and love, teach me… Continue reading