Monthly Archives: July 2017

Genesis 32:22-31

Genesis 32:22-31   When most people come to me seeking an understanding of faith, they assume it has everything to do with Jesus. Although it’s true the life, death and resurrection of Christ play a major role in our faith, it’s Old Testament stories like… Continue reading




“Tree of Life”

“Tree of Life” (ELW 334) Tree of Life and awesome myst’ry, in your death we are reborn; though you die in all of hist’ry, still you rise with ev’ry morn, still you rise with ev’ry morn. We remember truth once spoken, love passed on through… Continue reading




“Canticle of the Turning” (

“Canticle of the Turning” (ELW 723) My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great, and my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait. You fixed your sight on your servant’s… Continue reading




Meekness

Meekness     “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 In this age of flaunting personal rights, meekness is not a valued character trait. In fact, to those who are bent on demanding what’s rightfully theirs, meekness is a character… Continue reading




Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 When we contemplate God’s kingdom, we are called into a practice of discernment, of identifying and validating together what we as followers of Jesus hold dear–and what in our world is contrary to how we are called to live together. This is… Continue reading




Salvation’s Dirty Work

Salvation’s Dirty Work   “Bring the bull to the front of the Tent of Meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head. Slaughter it in the Lord’s presence at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. Take some of the… Continue reading




Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Mustard seeds, yeast, treasure, pearls, fishnets and scriptures. The kingdom of God so described is predictably prolific, an agent of ferment, pirate booty, jewelry, a deadly trap–and something that one can be trained for! Jesus’ first parables remind me of Thich Nhat… Continue reading




Glory

Glory     “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.” Isaiah 42:8 Yesterday, we learned that of the many gifts God bestows, there are two things He has not given us.… Continue reading




Romans 8:26-39

Romans 8:26-39 How does God’s Spirit know us? What is the experience of God’s Spirit searching the heart which Paul is describing? Can this happen without our knowing, our conscious participation or our involvement? Can God search our hearts if we have concealed them from… Continue reading




Vengeance

Vengeance   “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 God has given us many good gifts. Gifts of health, food, work, friends, and… Continue reading