Monthly Archives: November 2014

Exodus 19:1-6

Exodus 19:1-6 A couple says “I do” and pledges to journey together in sickness and health. A judge signs the adoption papers and a new family is formed. A firm handshake seals the deal that launches a budding business venture. No matter the means, entering… Continue reading




The Supremacy of Jesus Christ

The Supremacy of Jesus Christ He will glorify Me… —John 16:14 The holiness movements of today have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them. There is nothing about them that needs the death of Jesus Christ. All that is required is… Continue reading




O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain: America! America! God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea. O beautiful for… Continue reading




Mark 13:24-37

Mark 13:24-37 In Alaska we have two natural measuring sticks or gauges to mark that the end of summer is near. Like the growth and leafing out of the fig tree’s new branch, each takes some time to register the change of seasons. One is… Continue reading




Psalm 103

Psalm 103 “Thank you, God,” we mumble through mouthfuls of turkey. But our thoughts may already be focused more on the day of “Thanks–getting,” the one we call Black Friday. Smartphones now streamline our searches for the best deals. No more paging through Christmas catalogues… Continue reading




1 Corinthians 1:3-9

1 Corinthians 1:3-9 For two summer weeks an associate was a “village pastor” in Shishmaref, Alaska, a tiny barrier island along the Chukchi Sea, with a population of 600, 95% of them Alaska Natives—most living a subsistence based life. That means they spend much of… Continue reading




Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 It is good to negotiate from a position of strength. The opposite seems to be the situation we encounter in these verses from Psalm 80, however. The words would seem to suggest much more that of a Keebler elf versus Godzilla, of… Continue reading




Isaiah 64:1-9

Isaiah 64:1-9 Years ago (many), our son always gave this reply when he got into trouble and was asked, “Why did you do that?!” With quivering lip he’d say, “I’m having a bad day … ” Whether because of something you said—or did—or didn’t say… Continue reading




The Distraction of Contempt

The Distraction of Contempt Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. —Psalm 123:3 What we must beware of is not damage to our belief in God but damage to our Christian disposition or state of… Continue reading




The King of Love My Shepherd Is

The King of Love My Shepherd Is The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never; I nothing lack if I am his and he is mine forever. Where streams of living water flow, my ransomed soul he leadeth and, where the verdant… Continue reading