Category: The Word of the Lord

Psalm 95:1-7a

Psalm 95:1-7a   Modern day philosopher Paul Ricoeur wrote how metaphors, and specifically biblical metaphors, create a network of relationships building off one another and thereby creating new meanings. In Psalm 95, three metaphors for God are networking together to enable the hearers of the… Continue reading

Be Thankful

Be Thankful by Joni   “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God,… Continue reading

Matthew 2:1-12

Matthew 2:1-12   An “aha moment” is when we do not realize that something very special or very surprising is about to take place, and when it does, we suddenly declare, “I didn’t see that coming,” or “I didn’t know that was going to happen!”… Continue reading

In the Potter’s Hands

In the Potter’s Hands by Joni   “‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the… Continue reading

“My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less,”

“My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less,” ELW 597 My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; no merit of my own I claim, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. Refrain On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground… Continue reading

Matthew 25:14-30

Matthew 25:14-30   It is not easy to manage an unexpected gift. Have you noticed that many who come into a windfall of cash tend to squander most, if not all of it. On the other hand, life experiences have taught me that most who… Continue reading

In Whose Life Do You Live?

In Whose Life Do You Live? by Joni “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4 The university gymnasium… Continue reading

Matthew 25:14-30

Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus’ teaching in these parables in Matthew’s gospel invite us to think about what life in the kingdom of God looks like as we wait for Jesus to come again. In this particular parable, Jesus focuses on being a good steward of the… Continue reading

Psalm 68:28

“Strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.” Psalm 68:28 It is our wisdom, as well as our necessity, to beseech God continually to strengthen that which he has wrought in us. It is because of their neglect in this, that many Christians… Continue reading

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11   Long before I studied Lutheran theology, or some of the stories from Luther’s table talk, the “prophetic” dire predictions of impending doom upset me. They often had the character of fear tactics used by bullies to upset their hearers–and they were… Continue reading