Come to the Table…

When I was younger one of my favorite parts of the Bible to read was the book of proverbs. I loved hearing the sage old advice from ancient times that applied as much to my life then and now as it did when it was first written.  One passage in particular came to my mind…

I Want To Be Last!

This week’s bible reading is a familiar one to many, Jesus said: “some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” There are many ways that we can apply this passage in our lives, let’s try this one.  The world teaches us to seek acknowledgement and praise from those…

Victory in Jesus

All this week, communities in the US are enjoying fireworks celebrating and showing pride in our country. Our country has many wonderful blessings and many difficult challenges, and I think we get lost in much of the conflict that goes on 24/7 on the news channels. But that mirrors our personal lives, often we have…

Love Our Enemies

These past few weeks I’ve found myself caught up in all of the political drama going on in Washington, with the Supreme Court nomination, political drama, and various accusations. If you don’t know about this yet, you will. What has been bothering me throughout the process is the blatant disregard for any sense of dignity,…

Why Do Good Things Happen?

Yesterday marked another anniversary of 9/11 and after that event people flooded into churches and synagogues looking for stability in a world that seemed to have gone out of control. We know life is filled with crisis, trauma and pain, on an individual scale and for a whole country. We get used to the good…

It’s the little things…

It’s the little things in life, right? Sometimes the devil is in the details and it is the little things that you miss that trip you up. But in a positive light it is also the small things that often mean the most, not the grand gestures as much as the daily caring and love…

Christmas vs. Easter Throwdown!

“Christmas is the most important holiday!” I don’t know how my son and I got onto this conversation. I think we were talking about our favorite seasons and I mentioned that Autumn was mine because I love Halloween. Philip said that it seems like all of the other holidays are just one big build up…

Will you accept the challenge?

Do you like learning? Knowing you, there will be a number of different answers to that question, like: yes, I love learning, no, not really, learning is too much like school, or I like learning new things but by watching the history channel, working on engines, or reading books. The great thing of about learning…

Follow Me?

Our Gospel reading this Sunday from Mark 1:21-28 shows Jesus commanding a demon that had possessed a man to come out, and it did. The demon did not have any choice in the matter. Jesus has given to us a number of commands as well, commands just as sure as the one given to the…

How to keep Christmas all year long

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! That is probably one of the most famous lines from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. That is next to one of my all-time…

Sad Christmas

For many close to me this is a sad Christmas. Loved ones have recently gone to be with the Lord, loved family members are ill and declining, memories of the past and happier moments keep turning up. For many this is a sad Christmas. Sharing Sadness? Sometimes we want to share our sadness with friends…

Killer Christmas

Did you know that during the Christmas season you are 14% more likely to die than in any other season of the year? I listened to this report on the raido that reported a portion of these deaths are weather related either in accidents or from the cold but the vast majority of this percentage…