Posts written by Ben

Mark 1:1-8

Mark 1:1-8   The Gospel of Mark is considered the earliest gospel book. Mark’s narrative is sparser than that of Matthew, Luke or John. It contains puzzling and awkward stories about Jesus and his disciples. The author of Mark anchored the account of the life… Continue reading




2 Peter 3: 8-15a

2 Peter 3: 8-15a   It might seem to us like Jesus is taking his time coming back. But as the author of Peter tells us, God is patient, more patient than us. God does not want anyone to perish, but wills for all to… Continue reading




Rejoice!

  Rejoice! by Joni “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.” Luke 6:23 It’s a word you read often in Scripture. Mary rejoiced when the angel announced she would bear the Savior. Angels rejoiced in the sky… Continue reading




Psalm 85:1-2; Psalm 85:8-13

Psalm 85:1-2; Psalm 85:8-13   Have you ever thought to yourself: what an injustice it was that the Lord of heaven was born in such a lowly, forsaken way? Indeed, he was not born of justice. But his birth was exactly right. In that manger… Continue reading




The World, the Flesh, and the Devil

The World, the Flesh, and the Devil by Joni   “For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world.”… Continue reading




Isaiah 40:1-11

Isaiah 40:1-11 God’s first words to the newly-freed nation of Israel are those of comfort. “I will take care of you in your freedom,” God says. Even today, as free as we are in America, we rarely heed God’s call. We try to build up… Continue reading




“Joy to the World,”

“Joy to the World,” ELW 267 Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king; let ev’ry heart prepare him room and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing. Joy to the… Continue reading




“All Thing” As Defined by Paul

“All Thing” As Defined by Paul by Joni   “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 Have you ever wondered what are the “all things”… Continue reading




“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,”

“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” ELW 254 Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art, dear desire of ev’ry… Continue reading




Christ in You

Christ in You by Joni “There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see… Continue reading