Monthly Archives: July 2016

“We Give Thee but Thine Own”

“We Give Thee but Thine Own” We give thee but thine own, whate’er the gift may be; all that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee. May we thy bounties thus as stewards true receive, and gladly, as thou blessest us,… Continue reading




“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heav’nly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I had the immense blessing to meet Edith some years ago. She and… Continue reading




Luke 12:13-21 # 3

Luke 12:13-21 # 3 Greed takes many forms and can be seen in different ways, yet the simplistic definition of desiring something so much that we are willing to do just about anything to possess it is not quite enough. I have come to realize… Continue reading




Luke 12:13-21

  Luke 12:13-21 A leader of one of the congregations in our synod called and wanted to talk with me. I was to be in his area the next week and agreed to stop by his house. When I drove up the driveway to his… Continue reading




Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 # 3

  Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 # 3 Jesus sent seventy disciples on an urgent mission. Their timeliness was so imperative that they didn’t get to pack a bag or even stop to chat with fellow travelers on the road. They were to quickly reach new populations,… Continue reading




Psalm 49:1-12

Psalm 49:1-12 Entitlement seems to be an ever growing point of contention in our culture. Some will say that their riches, status, or fame should give them the right to say whatever comes into their minds, no matter if it is true or hurtful. Some… Continue reading




Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23

  Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23 The teacher pushes us to consider what is substantial and what is merely vaporous, a vanity. Human toil for wealth, fame, public office, or anything that might be considered valuable has little, if any, shelf life. This begs the question,… Continue reading




“For the Beauty of the Earth”

“For the Beauty of the Earth” For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies: Refrain Christ, our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise. For the… Continue reading




Luke 11:1-13 # 2

  Luke 11:1-13 # 2 “Your kingdom come,” Jesus invites us to pray. That’s a little different than the grace I say before meals, “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest.” By all means, I mean that little prayer, a desire that every step and moment… Continue reading




Luke 11:1-13

  Luke 11:1-13 The best definition of prayer I ever heard was that prayer is “turning ourselves God-ward.” Prayer is not simply an essay or petition, but our whole being turning towards God. When we do that, we surrender our own authority. This also means… Continue reading