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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….

Prayer Brownies

Jesus told them a story about their need to pray continuously and not to lose heart. -Luke 18:1   When I had cancer, I felt very strange being the recipient of so many people offering prayer for me. My knee-jerk response was to refuse the attention, especially the prayer. I wanted to say, “Please, if…

Spaghetti Day

When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then he began to teach them many things. Late in the day, his disciples came to him and said, “This is an isolated place, and it’s already late in the day. Send them away…

Shameless Audacity

Jesus also said to them, “Imagine that one of you has a friend and you go to that friend in the middle of the night. Imagine saying, ‘Friend, loan me three loaves of bread because a friend of mine on a journey has arrived and I have nothing to set before him.’ Imagine further that…

Believe or Trust

Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust/believe this good news!” -Mark 1:15 Is there a difference between believing and trusting? The gospel writers use a Greek word, pisteuō, that can be translated as “believe” or “trust.” Two weeks ago Pastor…

Listening

“Call to me and I will answer you, and reveal to you marvelous secrets you never would have known.” -Jeremiah 33:3 Prayer is conversation with God. But my conversations get very one-sided. It’s mostly me talking and God listening. Growing in our prayer life means growing in our skill at listening to God as well…

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