Category: The Word of the Lord

James 3:1-12

James 3:1-12 Words, once spoken, cannot be taken back. Apologies, retractions and disclaimers just don’t have enough power to recall a spoken word or to undo the damage words can cause. Do not bear false witness. Today a word is often posted as a message… Continue reading

Psalm 116:1-9

Psalm 116:1-9 The Psalmist is ensnared by death. His sin and anguish pull him down into Sheol, the place of the dead. His soul is not at rest. He turns his heart to God. He prays. God acts for his deliverance. Then the psalmist turns… Continue reading

Enemy by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In prayer we go to our enemies, to stand at their side. We are with them, near them, for them before God. Jesus does not promise us that the enemy we love, we bless, to whom we do good, will not abuse and persecute us.… Continue reading

Isaiah 50:4-9

Isaiah 50:4-9 There are words that take life from us, that diminish us in who we are. “Faster! Higher! Harder!” they shout, until we feel small. But then a voice, a word, a whisper breaks in: “Peace. Hope. Love,” it chimes. The psalmist chants, the… Continue reading

“In Christ There Is No East Or West,”

“In Christ There Is No East Or West,” As a young child, I was impressed that the members of my church were like-minded. Then, as I grew older, I became painfully aware of the many categories that divide us: race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, etc.… Continue reading

“Open My Eyes, That I May See”

“Open My Eyes, That I May See” This hymn was written in 1895 by Clara H. Fiske Scott as part of a collection called the Royal Anthem Book. The book was said to be the first of its kind published by a woman. Some hymnals… Continue reading

Mark 7:24-37

Mark 7:24-37 As a hospice caregiver I meet a man we will call Bill, a very quiet man, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He learned of this diagnosis at a time in his life that he was finding self-expression. Before Bill passed away, a friend… Continue reading

Mark 7:24-37

Mark 7:24-37 The woman was a Greek, a Canaanite, who had a deep, deep faith. This is one example from the New Testament where true faith is found in unusual places. What is your idea of the reach of God’s love? Is God’s love and… Continue reading

Ephesians 4:29

Often we combat our evil thoughts most effectively if we absolutely refuse to allow them to be verbalized. It is certain that the spirit of self-justification can only be overcome by the spirit of grace; and it is just as certain that the individual judgmental… Continue reading

James 2:1-10, 14-17

James 2:1-10, 14-17 James saw that the church members were demonstrating an unholy favoritism towards the rich and looking down their noses at the poor. Rather than playing favorites with the rich and offering sympathy to the poor, James is calling us to stand in… Continue reading