Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Sunday to Monday | Anointed

Yesterday was another great day of worship to honor and thank God. We heard the story in Luke of Jesus’ first public ministry in his hometown. He quotes from scripture (Isaiah 61) and tells what he has come to do. We learn how Jesus can be vulnerable and take risks because the Holy Spirit is…

The Bible

How do you read the Bible? Are you looking for facts? Do you consider it to be an instructional manual? Maybe you’re afraid to study it too closely because you’re not sure what God is trying to tell you. Written thousands of years ago it doesn’t seem relevant. Some of the stories are hard to…

The Process

Ever find it difficult to not fight “The Process” of life? Day by day we are always striving to meet the standards of our friends, our employers, our parents, and even ourselves. Personally, I take a lot of pride in my work and when I don’t meet my own expectations, I criticize myself not because…

There Comes a Time…

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am drafting this devotional on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For the last dozen years give or take, I have missed the Marade in downtown Denver only twice. It is a rare spectacle of shared solidarity as 20,000 people plus march in memory of ML King Jr’s legacy.  Last year none…

Lucky or Blessed?

Several days before Christmas I received news from home (small town Illinois) that my 50 year old farmer cousin had fallen off of a ladder while doing some repair work on the side of a barn. He fell about 20 feet onto a cement landing, breaking his pelvis in a couple of places, his sacrum…

Sunday to Monday | Beloved Community

We celebrated and remembered MLK in worship and renewed our commitment to justice and peace. We were fortunate to have two dear friends in worship to help us remember how we have joined Jesus in his mercy to change me, we and the world in our ministry partnerships. Daisy Wiberg with Love, Light and Melody…

Reverence for Life

Today and tomorrow, we celebrate the birthdays of two men who worked tirelessly their whole lives to bringing the Kingdom of God here now. Tomorrow is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. whom we celebrate this weekend and on the holiday set in his honor on Monday. Today is the birthday of theologian, musician,…

Unusual Kindness

Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Acts 28: 1-2 There is a recent article in Inc.com “Mark Cuban, Jeff Bezos, and Science Agree: Kind, Generous, and Thoughtful People…

Difficult Days

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter to me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. I won’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to have a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do…

Diving Head First

Diving head first into the new year! Already we have been hit with some challenges. For some reason, I thought the new year had a grace period filled with bliss. I get stressed easily and totally lack patience when dealing with unwanted surprises, otherwise known as “trials and tribulations”. Defined as “tests of one’s patience…