Monthly Archives: September 2017

When All Else Fails

When All Else Fails by Joni   “Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:2 With our quarrel still hanging heavily in the air, Ken and I sat in stubborn silence. Finally he spoke, “So we don’t… Continue reading

“Take My Life, That I May Be”

“Take My Life, That I May Be”, ELW 685 Take my life, that I may be consecrated, Lord, to thee; take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love;… Continue reading

A Vision for Prayer

A Vision for Prayer by Joni   “But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am only a child.” You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am… Continue reading

Matthew 21:23-32

Matthew 21:23-32   Our culture seems to value people who make decisions and then stand by them. Changing one’s mind is often perceived as weakness, or waffling. Politicians and other public leaders are often judged harshly for changes in positions or policies.   Those who… Continue reading


Prophesy! by Joni   “At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the… Continue reading

Matthew 21:23-32

Matthew 21:23-32   “Question Authority.”   On the face of it, this gospel reading seems to be about authority. The religious leaders challenge Jesus’ right to teach and preach, particularly in the Temple. The real issue isn’t about authority. It’s about the extent of God’s… Continue reading

The Poor Shall Be Rich

The Poor Shall Be Rich by Joni   “Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” James 2:5 George… Continue reading

Philippians 2:1-13

Philippians 2:1-13 (The Message translation)   One of our family’s very favorite movies is, “The Princess Bride” with its hilarious blend of pirates, a princess, giants, miracles, fencing and rodents of unusual size. It’s also a story about servanthood and true love. A beautiful young… Continue reading

God’s Friends

God’s Friends by Joni   “The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people.” I Samuel 13:14 “You have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart,… Continue reading

Psalm 25: 1-9

Psalm 25: 1-9   The opening lines of this psalm always remind me of a song I learned at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp here in Montana. They might remind you too of hearts filled with joy, clapping and dancing around a campfire. “To You, O… Continue reading