Posts written by Ben

Studying Scripture

Studying Scripture by Joni   “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” John 5:39-40 Jesus was astounded that people… Continue reading

Matthew 14:22-33

Matthew 14:22-33   What kind of hands did our Lord Jesus have? Thirty years a carpenter. He had thirty years of hard manual labor working with his hands, sawing wood, pounding nails, sanding lumber and planing doors. This man is 97. He spent his entire… Continue reading

So You’re Exhausted?

So You’re Exhausted?     “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds… Continue reading

Romans 10:5-15

Romans 10:5-15   He is a quiet, humble man, very nervous about public speaking. Yet he has changed the lives of hundreds while barely speaking a word When he was just 16 he met a Bible translator in the jungles of Brazil. From that moment… Continue reading


Maps by Joni   “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'” Isaiah 30:21 For me, the best part of a trip is always getting there. When… Continue reading

Psalm 85:8-13

Psalm 85:8-13   He had profound hearing loss and no money. His hearing aids had been broken so long ago he had forgotten what it was like to hear and secretly resorted to reading lips. We learned of a generous foundation and found a wonderful… Continue reading

What’s Fair?

What’s Fair?     “Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed him as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path… Continue reading

1 Kings 19:9-18

1 Kings 19:9-18   Have you ever crawled into a cave? Elijah felt like a total failure. The weight and responsibilities of his task overwhelmed him. Filled with discouragement, he cried out, “I alone am left!” Almost all of us have times of crushing stress… Continue reading

“All Are Welcome” (ELW 641) Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live, a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive. Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace;… Continue reading

“Let Us Go Now to the Banquet,”

“Let Us Go Now to the Banquet,” ELW 523 Let us go now to the banquet, to the feast of the universe. The table’s set and a place is waiting; come, ev’ryone, with your gifts to share. I will rise in the early morning; the… Continue reading