Monthly Archives: June 2017

Faith That Pleases

Faith That Pleases   “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 How do we speak of our faith in God? What… Continue reading

Matthew 10:40-42

Matthew 10:40-42   I’m reminded once again in the gospel reading for this week how important little things are. I tend to judge my worth–or effectiveness–as a servant of Jesus Christ by the perceived importance of an act. Whether a token or a large gift,… Continue reading

God Sings

God Sings     “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 When my heart is restless and… Continue reading

Matthew 10:40-42

Matthew 10:40-42   “All are welcome” has become a near universal statement for Christian congregations to put in their mission statements, on a sign in front of the church or on their letterhead. And yet that mantra means quite different things to different people and… Continue reading

The African Queen

The African Queen     “The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.” Matthew 12:42… Continue reading

“Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

“Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Let us not imagine that the soul sleeps in insensibility. “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise,” is the whisper of Christ to every dying saint. They “sleep in Jesus,”… Continue reading


Courage by Joni   “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21 After more than four decades of quadriplegia, I’m tired. My bones are weary from battling everything from pressure sores and pneumonia to stage III cancer. My question these days… Continue reading

Psalm 13

Psalm 13   “How long will you hide your face from me [O Lord]?” the psalmist asks. Hester panim, Hebrew for “hiding the face,” has a long history in biblical tradition. There is something really honest about admitting that God’s face, God’s presence, seems often… Continue reading

Language of Love

Language of Love by Joni   “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” 1 John 3:16 June is the month of romance, but my husband’s… Continue reading

Genesis 22:1-14

Genesis 22:1-14   What we have in this well-known story of the sacrifice of Isaac is an account filled with irony, yet profound spiritual truth. We can assume that Abraham, even though living centuries before the Ten Commandments were given, knew that murder was contrary… Continue reading