Category: The Word of the Lord

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32       Romans 9-11 reflects a deep, internal struggle in the heart of St. Paul–how to regard his own people who do not acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. Chapter 11 starts with Paul’s bold affirmation: “God has not rejected his people.”… Continue reading

Names of God

Names of God by Joni   “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:8, 10-11… Continue reading

Psalm 67

Psalm 67   Later in the week, we’ll glance at the hymn, “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy.” Today’s reading from Psalm 67 suggests (twice) how far God wants that wideness to extend:   Let the peoples praise you, God, let all the peoples praise… Continue reading

The Power of God

The Power of God by Joni “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great… Continue reading

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8   In the musical, “1776”, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and the rest of the signers of the Declaration of Independence are in Philadelphia, debating the future of the colonies. A courier delivers a dispatch from General George Washington pleading for support for his… Continue reading

“Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me,”

“Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me,” ELW 755 Jesus, Savior, pilot me over life’s tempestuous sea; unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treach’rous shoal; chart and compass come from thee. Jesus, Savior, pilot me. As a mother stills her child, thou canst hush the ocean… Continue reading


Hyssop by Joni   “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7 In my Bible, page 717 is dog-eared and dirty from years of use. That’s because Psalm 51 is on that page,… Continue reading

“God Be with You Till We Meet Again,”

“God Be with You Till We Meet Again,” ELW 536 God be with you till we meet again; by good counsels guide, uphold you, with a shepherd’s care enfold you; God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet, (till we meet,) till… Continue reading

Finding God’s Will

Finding God’s Will by Joni   “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 There’s hardly a Christian who hasn’t looked into the future and questioned, “What is God’s will… Continue reading

Matthew 14:22-33

Matthew 14:22-33   A great story draws the listener in so we are right there. We sense the feelings–the terror, fear, hopelessness and despair. We are the disciples. We are Peter. We are the lost ones. Yet the story is not about the disciples or… Continue reading