Sunshine and Joy

Sunshine and Joy

For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. I Thessalonians 5:5 (NLT) During the first few weeks of the pandemic, I struggled to find beauty. As I walked Rusty, I noticed the desert was in bloom. Everywhere around me,...
Even If

Even If

If the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue us from the power of you, the king.  But even if he does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you...
Numbers

Numbers

And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the containers and sacred utensils of worship with the blood.  In fact under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from...
Sunflower, Another Name for Hope

Sunflower, Another Name for Hope

Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly...
We Are One

We Are One

Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. Acts 9:31(NIV) As I looked around my church this morning, it seemed like the...
Something New for 2022

Something New for 2022

I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land. Isaiah 43:19 (GW)   Each January is a new beginning. New calendars on the wall. New year (2022) to notate. New...
Next Year’s Word

Next Year’s Word

God, the one and only—     I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I hope for comes from him,     so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet,     breathing room for my soul, An impregnable castle:     I’m set for life. Psalm 62:5-6 (The Message) The year is winding...
Let It Be

Let It Be

Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38 (CEB) The Christmas season is in full swing. The tree is up. Lights are strung outside. Presents are ordered, some wrapped. Parties are on the...
Time to Rest

Time to Rest

Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. Mark 6:31 (NIV) Plans have been underway for the last six months to go to the wedding of Mark’s younger son.  He met his bride during COVID at church. Not many flashy dates due to the lockdown but...
Keep Running

Keep Running

My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done....