Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Posts from March 2022

Do No Fear

But now thus says the Lord, the One who created you, O Jacob, the One who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not…

Seeing Jesus

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, First, I want to thank each of you for your faithfulness over our 18 years together. God’s Grace Community Church(GGCC) had a wonderful celebration Saturday night.  Thanks goes out to Carolyn Hammock the event coordinator and to everyone who supported the event. Over $83,000 total was raised. The net…

For by Grace

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 How do you define grace? What does grace mean in your life? How do you apply grace to yourself and others.…

Learning From Our Children

Recently, I had a wonderful long weekend in Lakewood, NJ, helping out my youngest son, Daniel and his wife, Rachel.  They had recently welcomed their 2nd child, a beautiful girl, named Bracha (Hebrew for blessing).  With a fussy Bracha and her 16-month-old, brother acting a “little out of sorts”, Daniel called me in for Grandma duty.  I said, “Amen”…

With Purpose

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Henri Nouwen writes of a priest who told him that he had canceled his subscription to the New York Times because he felt that the endless stories about war, crime, power games and political manipulations only disturbed his mind and heart and prevented him from meditation and prayer. “That is a…

Push the Pause Button

We have all been witness to people, living their ordinary lives, when change, seemingly overnight, have become our heroes.  None of us desires the feeling of isolation.  When I think of the people in Ukraine, I cannot help but think how isolated they must feel from the rest of the world.  We realize we are sojourners in this…

Rejoice

Sometimes things seem pretty heavy right now. I mean there are wars going on around the world and the images from Ukraine are rough. Most of the -isms (racism, sexism, etc.) are still in full swing. The pandemic is over/not over and mental health across the board is not good. There is so much division…

The Apostle of Ireland

Yes, today is the Feast Day of St. Patrick or as the world has come to know it “St Patrick’s Day”.  As Ireland’s patron saint he is credited with escaping slavery and returning to convert the Emerald Isle.  A quick study of St. Patrick leads to the revelation that much of what we know of St.…

His Truth

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Jesus loves us enough to accept us as we are. But loves us so much that he will not leave us as we are. Jesus loves us enough to tell the truth about our true situation. Jesus holds up before us our true, God given vocation and holds us…

Amazing Journey

For the past week, Jan and I have been following the mushers that are participating in the Iditarod Sled Dog race – the 1000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.  This is an amazing event, now in its 50th year, with 50 teams of up to 14 dogs, going through the majestic Alaska Range, down the Yukon…