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Posts from July 2021

Passing it along

Psalm 78:1-7 Msg 1-4 Listen, dear friends, to God’s truth,    bend your ears to what I tell you.I’m chewing on the morsel of a proverb;    I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths,Stories we heard from our fathers,    counsel we learned at our mother’s knee.We’re not keeping this to ourselves,    we’re passing it along to the next generation—God’s fame…

God’s Family

“God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines of the life of his Son… We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.” Romans 8:29 (The Msg) “We look at this…

Imagine It

Do you use your imagination in prayer? Should you? Sounds like things could get out of hand! In her book, Praying with Body & Soul, Jane Vennard devotes a chapter to “Praying with our Imaginations”.  She writes, If we are to pray with body and soul we must include the imagination, because without it our…

Love Songs

I have been thinking about God as Love recently. Have you read or read about the mystics? Many of them seem to speak of God in a very personal and loving manner, like that of a lover and His beloved. I was reading the poetry of a Sufi mystic the other day which led me…

Sunday to Monday | Look Around

It was our last day to worship at Confluence Ministries and it was beautiful. We are so grateful to Jude & Cindy for allowing us to worship at Confluence Ministries this summer. Thank you! We considered and reflected on Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 and stories in John’s Gospel, John 6:1-21. How God wants to…

The Greatest Human Achievement

How much love have you got? We think maybe we’ll run of love – giving it or receiving it. In “The Call to Unite” a book of essays edited by Tim Shriver and. Tom Rosshirt, the editors remind us on page 207: Love is something we often ration. We reserve it for friends and family…

Jesus is Lord

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others,  Elijah; but still others,  Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ,  the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. Matthew 16:13-18…

O Let Your Soul Now Be Filled with Gladness

Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns.  With the fast pace of changes and the many voices which surround us, competing for our attention, I often lose focus. One of the most important resources for me that helps me remember who I am is music, and hymns in particular.  While I love many of…

Prayers from the Bible

Paul’s letters make up most of the New Testament besides the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We learn how to follow Jesus and who we are in Christ from his writings. There are several prayers and my favorite is from Ephesians 3:14-21. It is meant to encourage and affirm us. Reading it regularly gives…

Regret

There are many times in life where we have done something we regretted. Whether it was something that led to a fight or something that we chose not to do that led to unintended consequences. It’s commonplace to think on these times and wish we could go back and change something. However, these moments are…