Category: The Word of the Lord

Can Jesus Count on You?

Can Jesus Count on You? by Joni “We are going to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to… Continue reading

Matthew 22:1-14

Matthew 22:1-14 Rचpondez, s’il vous plait. Several months ago my family received an invitation to a wedding. What fun, we thought! We signed right up. As the day neared, however, new concerns started pressing in, demanding our time. Even as we wrestled with competing commitments,… Continue reading

Peculiar People

Peculiar People by Joni   “…Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:13-14 Down against the southern edge of Pennsylvania… Continue reading

Philippians 4:1-9

Philippians 4:1-9   Sometimes when we fight for what’s right we lose sight of the bigger goal. I like to think that Euodia and Syntyche were arguing over how best to serve the Lord. Maybe they were concerned about efficiency, efficacy or egality. As a… Continue reading


corns by Joni   “When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed. The splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. So will it be with the resurrection… Continue reading

Psalm 23

Psalm 23   Desiring to stock my spiritual tool chest, my mother taught me to memorize the 23rd Psalm when I was a small child. The words painted vivid images. I still can see the “valley of the shadow of death,” as I learned it.… Continue reading


Lust by Joni “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand… Continue reading

Isaiah 25:1-9

Isaiah 25:1-9 Lately the United States and much of the world has been wrestling with the question, “Who belongs within our borders?” While the old term “illegal alien” has become “illegal immigrant,” the term still means the same thing: those who don’t belong.   In… Continue reading

“Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song,”

“Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song,” ELW 808 The text for today’s hymn cannot be published due to copyright limitations. We apologize for the inconvenience. The L’Arche community in France pairs volunteers to supportively live with adults with severe limitations. Some of the residents… Continue reading

No One Cares As Jesus Cares

No One Cares As Jesus Cares by Joni “Oh Lord, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him?” Psalm 144:3 No one ever cared for me like Jesus There’s no other friend so kind as He;… Continue reading