Pentecost

O Spirit of the living God, thou light and fire divine, descend upon thy church once more, and make it truly thine. Fill it with love and joy and power, with righteousness and peace; till Christ shall dwell in human hearts, and sin and sorrow cease. Henry H. Tweedy, 1933

Easter Evening

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples... Continue Reading →

Calling

Day 24 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, Your writing style is so unique and fun to read, even when you’re blowing my mind open with unanswerable questions. Your writing reminds me of your Dad’s – harsh reality mixed with biting... Continue Reading →

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."    Luke 17:20-21 (ESV)

2 Corinthians 5:1-7

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.... Continue Reading →

In Defense

In the face of intense attack on the very core of Christianity, the authors of II Peter; Jude; and I,II, III John tried to reassure people that they really were children of God and that salvation is based on faith and cannot be attained simply through knowledge. So how does one defend the Gospel? Let... Continue Reading →

Be Still

"Be still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10 What would you do with an unlimited amount of time to think, pray, and write? While imprisoned in Rome, Paul wrote letters to the Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, and to Philemon. Paul had an abundance of time and silence; he wrote to encourage and to... Continue Reading →

“Must Needs”

Samaritans practiced a hybrid worship reflective of their mixed ancestry. At one time, Samaria was considered it’s own governmental entity rivaling a group in Judea; they also “maintained a temple in Mt. Gerizim that the Jews regarded as schismatic….The tension between the two people was so strong that the Jews who traveled between Judea and... Continue Reading →

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