Breathe

Breathe

Breathe. That’s what I hear.  Breathe. What time is it?  December? Time to wrap and shop and write and stamp and buy and bake and remember. Remember. Remember the night. The mother’s howl. The smell of hay. The steam. The

The Least

The Least

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27 “For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” Luke

1st Generation & The Spirit of God

1st Generation & The Spirit of God

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is

Consecration

Consecration

“As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a temple of the Spirit to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable

Stories

Stories

Beloved. I look out over the congregation on any given Sunday and see more stories than I can count. Stories enfolding the experiences of women and men, children and senior-citizens, immigrants, nationals, urbanites, suburbanites, southerners, northerners, poor, rich, homeless, professionals, laborers,

No Time

No Time

There’s no time. Thanksgiving just finished. The pumpkins are still glowing in the garden. The pilgrims are standing at attention on the dining room table.  There are bags of turkey and stuffing in the refrigerator, despite two gallons of turkey soup

Think about these things

Think about these things

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21 While it may or may not be true that we are

humbleness

humbleness

“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.” Psalm 25:13 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

The image of God

The image of God

“So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”  Genesis 1:27 Sacred Worth.  People, all people, have sacred worth.  This is not contingent upon their actions,

Kingdom Living, Too

Kingdom Living, Too

[Jesus] called a little child to Him, and placed the child among them.  And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-3 Disney World’s magic kingdom