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Futuring Faith

“I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your…

Knee Holding

Read: “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to them, ‘Do not fear!’” -Isaiah 35:3-4a Reflect: Do you ever talk to yourself? Surely most of us do (please tell me I’m not alone!). Isaiah is giving instructions from God to people who are in exile, waiting for God to act on…

30 Minutes

Read: The Lord’s word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: “Get up and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it, for their evil has come to my attention.” So Jonah got up—to flee to Tarshish from the Lord! He went down to Joppa and found a ship headed for Tarshish. He paid…

Springing Forth

“My lover spoke and said to me, “Rise up, my dearest,         my fairest, and go. Here, the winter is past;         the rains have come and gone. Blossoms have appeared in the land;         the season of singing has arrived,         and the sound of the turtledove is heard in our land.” -Song of Solomon 2:10-12 The irises are…

Two Mugs

The crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” He answered, “Whoever has two shirts must share with the one who has none, and whoever has food must do the same.” –Luke 3:10, 11 Jesus is coming on the scene, and his friend John is helping prepare for his arrival. John gets the crowd ready…

Lenten Adventures

The next day John was standing again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus walking along he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard what he said, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he asked, “What are you looking for?” They said, “Rabbi (which is…

The Great Leveler

The Lord God formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land and blew life’s breath into his nostrils. The human came to life. -Genesis 2:7 Antonin Scalia died right here in West Texas last year. The death of a conservative giant and the coming opportunity for bipartisan statesmanship all dominoed from a spot…

Walk Humbly

God has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God. -Micah 6:8 Sometimes I get lost in the demands of a given day. Do you? Pick up this kid at this time, meet this person at that time,…

Keeping at the Cross

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. -1 Corinthians 1:18 During this Lenten season, we are turning our eyes, our minds, and our hearts to the cross of Jesus Christ. We would probably rather turn our…

Ear Worm

The Lord your God is in your midst—a warrior bringing victory. He will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing. -Zephaniah 3:17 Once Pastor Joe ended a worship service by singing the benediction. In many religious traditions, chanting words, instead of just saying them, is a regular part of worship….

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