Don't Be Afraid, Children
Saturday, January, 1, 2022 | 10:24 AM | by June
It can be frightening to stand at the beginning of a new year and ponder what the future holds, especially if we think we enter it alone. We who have been made children of God in the waters of baptism can take comfort that we are “in Christ”.
Sunday, November, 21, 2021 | 12:29 PM | by June
At Christmas, through signs and the messages, God continues to seek after us. Will we be onlookers who stroll past these familiar words and signs with casual interest? Or will we stop, open our eyes, ears and mouths, and dare to believe that a loving heavenly Father is here to cut through our fears, and to draw us to himself?
Wednesday, November, 3, 2021 | 9:09 AM | by June
Heavenly Father, thank you for the overwhelming number of blessings you have given us. Help us to give all of ourselves to you. Increase our love and our willingness to relinquish what we still hold on to. Give us grace to be truly thankful. Amen.
Our Manner of Life
Friday, October, 1, 2021 | 5:22 PM | by June
When we are assailed by thoughts that accuse God, we need to remember the gifts and the grace of God that have always filled our lives. Praising God will help to lift us out of the pit we dig in our times of self-pity
Righteousness and Repentance
Wednesday, September, 1, 2021 | 8:20 AM | by June
It is when we acknowledge that we have gone astray that Jesus comes to our rescue. It is then that we rediscover His mercy and love. We are like foolish sheep when we deny that we need his saving. We will remain lost when we fail to be honest about the state of our soul or about our dangerous circumstances.
The Gift of Simplicity
Saturday, July, 31, 2021 | 9:26 AM | by June
Many of us allow our busy lives and the cares of the world to so crowd our lives that we lose this childlike simplicity. The story in Scripture makes it clear that in this respect the disciples had lost their simplicity. Preoccupied with their own agendas, preconceptions, egos, and intellect, they considered the children to be an interruption to an important theological discussion they were having with Jesus.
Choosing What Is Better
Friday, July, 2, 2021 | 3:48 PM | by June
Jesus didn’t go to Bethany to approve Martha’s hospitality. He doesn’t come to judge our way of doing things, either. On the contrary, he comes to free us from the personal anxieties and habits that rule our lives, that separate us from others, and that distract us from our relationship with him. Do you know what is on your list? Ask him to show you. Once he shows you, ask for his help to choose what is better.
A Psalm For All Seasons
Saturday, May, 29, 2021 | 11:15 AM | by June
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. What a grand introduction to all that follows! Because Jesus is our shepherd, we have at this moment, and will have for the rest of our days, everything we will need. There are times when we should stop and rest with him, but will not want to. At such periods, he will, in effect, make us to lie down in green pastures. When we do recognize our need for quiet and rest, his promise is that he will lead us beside the still waters. At other times we undergo
It Is Enough
Friday, May, 7, 2021 | 5:13 PM | by June
Where do we turn in such troubling times? What will finally settle the churning ache inside that feels like it will never go away? Something more than human understanding is needed. The world hasn't enough peace to go around. But Jesus does: "My peace I give you, not as the world gives do I give to you."
Friday, March, 26, 2021 | 5:14 PM | by June
There is a tradition within the church which considers tears to be a gift of God, and the shedding of tears an expression of some of our deepest affections for God--repentance, longing, joy, love. When something (or someone) touches our lives, deeply enough to cause us to cry, we know that more than our mind is engaged in the relationship. In some ways, we have given over our hearts.
Water in the Desert
Thursday, February, 25, 2021 | 12:21 PM | by June
The people of God have experienced the grace of new beginnings for centuries. As we move into a new season let us proclaim that “It is all about Jesus and his love for us!”
Monday, February, 1, 2021 | 5:17 PM | by June
Far from being a melancholy season of self-absorption with sin, Lent offers us an opportunity to behold the wonder of God’s love. God offered himself to us, establishing through the sacrifice of Jesus, the ultimate expression of his grace, forgiveness, and merciful love.
Mark Us as His Own
Saturday, January, 2, 2021 | 9:24 AM | by June
God's presence in Baptism takes us unto Himself and He comes to live within us. Through Jesus we share in the divine nature. We become the temple of God and the Holy Spirit dwells within us.
The Christmas Gift of Possibilities
Saturday, November, 28, 2020 | 7:19 PM | by June
God in his goodness provides to each of us seemingly “impossible” situations. They reveal our ineptitude and weakness, and yet are not meant to be stumbling blocks to our faith. They are instead times for us to receive anew the creative gracious power of his life-giving Christmas Spirit.
Saturday, October, 31, 2020 | 10:23 AM | by June
Thanksgiving Day offers us an opportunity to stop and express our appreciation for the preciousness of life, the goodness of life, the bounty given to us by God “Good measure: pressed down, running over.” “Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for his mercy endures forever.”
Peace in the Midst of Storms
Thursday, October, 1, 2020 | 6:35 PM | by June
Our God is a God of miracles. No storm is too great for Him. Often the real storm is one that ravages within. Only Jesus is able to give us peace.
The Fellowship of Believers
Monday, August, 31, 2020 | 2:40 PM | by June
The Holy Spirit was using the apostles to teach the Word. As they did, the believers devoted themselves to the Word. The also devoted themselves to the breaking of bread and prayers. I was intrigued by the idea that they devoted themselves to the fellowship.
Remember the Lord Who is Great and Awesome
Saturday, August, 1, 2020 | 7:02 AM | by June
We face threats on every side. The threats are all forms of sin. There are enough negative stories bombarding us daily. Step back. Focus on the story of God.
A Walk in the Wilderness
Sunday, July, 5, 2020 | 3:39 PM | by June
While you are in this wilderness journey, I invite you to look at the Biblical account of the event. What could God possibly be teaching you? What warnings does this account have for your personal life? What promises do you see?
Who or What Do You Trust?
Sunday, May, 31, 2020 | 12:45 AM | by June
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. -- 2 Timothy 3:16
EVERYTHING Has Changed--Part 2
Friday, May, 1, 2020 | 1:44 PM | by June
Psalm 33:11 “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.” God does not change, even when our world as we know it spins is rapid change. His Word stands forever.
EVERYTHING Has Changed...Oh, Wait a Minute
Saturday, April, 4, 2020 | 9:10 AM | by June
We are facing a dreadful enemy, Coronavirus. Should we worry that God is with us to see us through this trail? Is He there to protect us? How do we know God is present?
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Friday, May, 31, 2019 | 7:26 AM | by June
Here I am Lord, use me. do you ever think doing more is more better? Busyness is not a spiritual gift. If you are feeling caught up in busyness, God is going to see you through. You will be stronger and more faithful!