Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Burning the Mist

The old saying of the newspaper business said, “If it bleeds, it leads.”  Unfortunately, that saying is still true and we can become overwhelmed with the overload of negative news in today’s world.  Right now, the news seems to be especially depressing with the coronavirus, George Floyd’s death and the economic recession.  With no shortage…

Get Low, Get High

Dear Artists (Which is all of you), An artist created a statue for the hallway of a church. It was a statue of Jesus kneeling before a basin with a towel in his hand. Jesus is looking intently downward as if he is about to wash someone’s feet. When asked why she created a statue of…

The Best Neighbor

What does God require of me today? In this time of great unrest, where do I fit into God’s plan? How do I hear His voice calling me?We are still facing a Health crisis. Do I volunteer in a health care setting?We are still facing the injustice in racism.  Do I march in peaceful protest?We…

Live in harmony and peace.

Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11 NLT Paul is writing to his friends at the church in Corinth in his letters to the Corinthians in the New Testament. These people didn’t always get along…

What Was Intended

Talk about a time of hate our world has been stirred into. I don’t need to explain what has been on everyone’s minds and what has unfolded throughout our society so I’ll spare everyone the details. We as children of Christ have been placed in a great time of tribulation. As our country becomes more…

Somatophobia

“’Cause love’s such an old fashioned word/And love dares you to care for/The people on the edge of the night/And love dares you to change our way of/Caring about ourselves/This is our last dance” ~Queen & David Bowie, Under Pressure “Only a handful of the books in the bible were written to individuals.” ~Soong-Chan Rah,…

Who are we at war with?

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When World War II broke out, the war Ministry of London dispatched a coded message to one of the British outposts in an inaccessible area of Africa. The message read: “War is declared. Arrest all enemy aliens in your district.” The War Ministry received this reply: “Have arrested four Germans,…

Carousel

There was this great movie that had an unforgettable line “Life is a box of chocolates …” but I think “Life is like a luggage carousel.” At the airport, luggage is put on the carousel and then luggage is taken off the carousel. Things are given to you but yet, things are taken away from…

Sunday to Monday | All Are Included

It was Pentecost Sunday and we gathered via the stream. The Spirit pulled us together and moved. Pastor DJ led us through the book of Acts, from the first Pentecost on Acts 2 to stories of God’s inclusivity in Acts 10 and Acts 15.  If you missed being with us, you can watch it here. See…

My Whole Being Thirsts for God

Lament – I think we’ve talked about lament before. To lament is to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow or regret; to mourn deeply; and to cry out in grief or wail. This is a time when lament is pouring out whether we name it or not. Lament for the 100,000+ lives lost to COVID-19;…