What’s in a Name?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV) Pam and I watched the 2nd Dune movie a few nights ago, and a few of the scenes stuck in my mind. The first is when Paul’s  father explains to him that he is the heir […]

The Better Thing

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She […]

Obedience

Defn: compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority. I set off to write on the fruits of the spirit and instead, on my drive home. I felt encouraged to talk about obedience first. Good Lord!  God, can’t you give me something more ‘fun’ to talk about instead?’ However, as I […]

Following God

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” Psalm 27:14 I was silently questioned by the Holy Spirit at our bible study the other week to think about how I pray. Do I go to God with my ‘to do’ list? Or do I go into prayer, waiting for […]

Holiness, what is it?

Holiness defn: set aside to God, for God, by God. OK, I thought. How in the heck do I write about this as “no one is holy, no not one…  For we have all sinned and fallen short” (Rom 3:23)? In my despair, the Holy Spirit reminded me that first off salvation doesn’t come from […]

God’s Blessing

“Maybe there is someone who was born into a family in which the parents and the children have never had any problems at all: no friction, no tension, no arguments, no disappointments, no thoughts that the other person should do or say anything different, ever.  I read recently that people who speak in front of […]

Bethel

“Abbot Lot came to Abbot Joseph and said: Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and according as I am able I strive to cleanse my heart of thoughts: now what more should I do? The elder rose up in reply […]

Esau, Jacob and the “10-10-10” rule

“What do you do when you have a tough decision to make?  My #1 favorite thing to do in those situations is to use the 10-10-10 rule, which has helped me find clarity every single time I’ve used it.  It comes from a book by Suzy Welch called 10-10-10.  It is actually surprisingly simple.  She […]

Trapped

“It was very effective.  Like some of you, I went to see the performance of Getting Away With Murder at the Westmoreland Players.  I didn’t know anything about the play before it started, which made it even more striking that I felt the effect of the play immediately.  I felt a gut response of “Get […]

A Mother’s Milk

“I have been a church nerd my entire life. Over the years I’ve read and studied scripture quite a bit, and I’ve even read the Bible cover to cover a couple of times. One of the things that appeals to me about the Bible is that it uses so many different images to tell us […]

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