Monthly Archives: November 2015

Malachi 3:1-4

Malachi 3:1-4 As my wife and I have grown in our marriage, we’ve come to realize it’s important to always know when our next vacation will take place. Life can get pretty hectic, but anticipating the time and the places we will visit and explore… Continue reading

“Creator of the Stars of Night,”

“Creator of the Stars of Night,” Verse 1 Creator of the stars of night, your people’s everlasting light, O Christ, redeemer of us all, we pray you hear us when we call. I never looked forward to that night; in fact, I dreaded it. Growing… Continue reading

“Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming”

“Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming” Lo, how a rose e’er blooming from tender stem Hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming as the seers of old have sung, it came, a flow’r so bright, amid the cold of winter, when a half-spent was the night.… Continue reading

Luke 21:25-36 # 2

Luke 21:25-36 # 2 A line from the band, Third Eye Blind’s song “Closing Time” is “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” As human beings, we dread, perhaps even fear endings. We look for ways to procrastinate, to put off the end… Continue reading

Luke 21:25-36

Luke 21:25-36 The images in this passage are a dissonant contrast from the images of a sweet, cuddly baby held by a serene young mother that we normally associate with the Advent season. Luke’s disciple’s community had come to know that the promised Messiah, and… Continue reading

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 We live in the pull between the past and the future. We live in the now and the not yet. The coming of Advent and the beginning of a new church calendar year provides us an opportunity to reflect on how we… Continue reading

Psalm 25:1-10

Psalm 25:1-10 This time of year there is so much that wants our attention. We have parties, gift buying, tree trimming, card writing, special events in our congregations, and the list goes on. It can be difficult to decide–what gets our full focus and attention… Continue reading

make Disciples

“You can not make Disciples Unless you are a disciple yourself. The great essential is remaining true to the call of God and Realizing That our one and only purpose is to disciple men and women to Jesus. The challenge comes from the perspective of… Continue reading

Jeremiah 33:14-16

Jeremiah 33:14-16 It’s important to place these three powerful verses in their proper context. The Israelites are either in exile in Babylon or are being threatened to be exiled. Jerusalem has been sacked. The temple destroyed. No hope, no light, no security, no safety, no… 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