Monthly Archives: September 2016

Luke 17:7-10

Luke 17:7-10 Jesus’ words bother me: No good boss would ask an employee to work all day then come in and serve dinner. I hope no employee would call herself “worthless” after finishing her work. Was life in Jesus’ day really so different than ours?… Continue reading




Luke 17:5-6

Luke 17:5-6   My friend Julie’s pottery shop is named The Mustard Seed, and her faith has moved mulberry trees for years. Twelve years ago, Julie’s husband’s stroke and subsequent complications and illnesses began to “adjust” their hopes for retirement time after time. But Julie… Continue reading




2 Timothy 1:1-14

2 Timothy 1:1-14 The farm is sold, and one week from today, on his 75th birthday, my father will retire. I am proud of my chicken-farm roots and my ancestors who worked both the soils of their fields and of their kids’ hearts. Like Timothy’s,… Continue reading




Psalm 37:1-9

Psalm 37:1-9   Sunday, one worshiper shared how deeply her heart was troubled by the violence around us. How often King David was hounded by enemies and family members angling for power; how often he was tempted into violence himself. Yes, it’s easy to “fret… Continue reading




Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4   I write in midsummer as headlines tell of more officers shot in Baton Rouge and the terror and losses of Nice, France. In June, I was with a friend recovering from her spouse’s suicide. In August I’ll companion another in ritual… Continue reading




“My Life Flows On in Endless Song”

“My Life Flows On in Endless Song”   My life flows on in endless song; above earth’s lamentation, I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.   Refrain No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging.… Continue reading




“Just As I Am, Without One Plea”

    “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”   Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidd’st me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.   Just as I… Continue reading




Luke 16:19-31 # 2

Luke 16:19-31 # 2 If you are rich, are you going to hell? This is the question that seems to be posed in this parable of Jesus. There seems to be a direct correlation between the wealth and comfort of the rich man and the… Continue reading




Luke 16:19-31

Luke 16:19-31   The name Lazarus means “God has helped” and he is a rare character to be named in any of Jesus’ parables. But he doesn’t have an enviable earthly life. Nor did he live up to his name by experiencing God’s help. He… Continue reading




1 Timothy 6:6-19

1 Timothy 6:6-19   The American Dream is working against us. Our freedom to pursue prosperity, success and upward mobility for our families and children has a tendency to impede our ability to find contentment in what God provides for us. We seek more–more money,… Continue reading