Month: July 2020

Family Friday: Celebrating Milestones

Family Friday: Celebrating Milestones

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance. (Exodus 12:14) I took a moment to scroll through my Facebook feed this week, and I didn’t get far before I saw pictures of […]

Grounded

Grounded

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it… (2 Timothy 3:14, NRSV) Gramps was my mild-mannered maternal grandfather. He died while I was in seminary and I had the great privilege of eulogizing him at his memorial service. I will never forget standing under […]

Steep Trails

Steep Trails

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) Last week, I had the opportunity to get away for a short hike in the Santa Cruz mountains in a little park area called Pogonip — how it got its name is a story for another day. My sister and I were […]

Speaking The Truth In Love

Speaking The Truth In Love

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. (Ephesians […]

Are We A Beloved Community?

Are We A Beloved Community?

Let love be genuine. Hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good. Love one another with familial affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:9-10) When the Apostle Paul addressed the above words to his community in Rome, somehow he knew that it wouldn’t be religious rules, regulations, or legalisms that would […]

Family Friday: The Right Choice

Family Friday: The Right Choice

With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Over the last few weeks, families have been faced with overwhelming decisions regarding school for their children for this coming fall. The wonderful thing […]

Sinks

Sinks

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; [God] has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2, NRSV) Have you ever said, “I wish things were easier sometimes?” I have found myself saying that with increasing frequency. Maybe with all that we […]

Waiting for the Fog to Burn

Waiting for the Fog to Burn

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope if from God. God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress. I shall not be shaken. (Psalm 62:5-6) As I sit here this morning, I am watching the light of day beginning to break through the daily fog that greets me near […]

Open My Eyes

Open My Eyes

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the […]

Make God Smile Today

Make God Smile Today

Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise one glory in wisdom; let not the mighty one boast in strength; let not the rich glory in wealth; but let those who glory, glory in this: that one understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the […]

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