Poured into our Hearts

fontcandyBut hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. – Romans 5:5

If you have a moment, check out Sunday’s message, Poured into our Hearts, and discover what a locked window teaches us about the grace of God and the certainty of the Christian hope.

No Deed too Small

 Mark 6:5 – “And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.”

You matter. Your presence is felt. Your participation produces results. Your effort has an effect. Not one of you is too small. You possess the potential for God to work in and through you to reveal grace to another – undone, unnoticed, and unloved. Continue reading

Disappoint Doubt

Dealing with DoubtJohn 20:25b – “But [Thomas] said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 

My message from this past Sunday, Behind Locked Doors, presented the opportunity to reconsider the doubt of Thomas. Interpreting scripture is a delicate art. Wandering off the traditional path of interpretation can  distort the integrity of Scripture, so one must be careful and cautious. There are times, however, when such wandering allows the prayerful reader to encounter God in unexpected places – and, these untimed encounters have a way of revealing truths of the self.  Our reading of the doubt of Thomas (John 20:24-29) presents  such an encounter. Our reading invites us to consider, as well, how we hide behind the locked door of doubt! Continue reading

Behind Locked Doors

BLD Square (2).jpgDo you hide behind doubt? Do you use doubt as a security measure? Do you hide behind the locked door of doubt so that you don’t believe in a false sense of hope? Continue reading

Take a Deep Breath

IMG_5229Are you easily frustrated at work? Do you get angry or annoyed with your boss or staff, your customers or clients? Do your students disrespect you or does your administration under-appreciate you? Continue reading

Rethinking our Dead Spaces

IMG_5207Luke 24:5b – “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”

The women (Mary Magdalene and the others) were right to be frightened by the approach of the men outside the tomb of Jesus. These women arrived at the tomb of Jesus and they encountered the unexpected –  the stone, which was used to block the entrance to the tomb, had been removed and the corpse of Jesus was missing. The tomb had been disturbed (from the perspective of the women) and there was no evidence as to what happened or who was responsible. Confused and alarmed by the disturbance of the tomb, two strange men approach the women. Were these men responsible for the disturbance?  Were the women in danger? Continue reading

Double Blessing

Peter went away wondering to himself what happened inside the tomb of Jesus. Sometimes hope is born out of our wonderment! Discover how the empty tomb of Jesus promises the hope of a double blessing of life for you, too! Check out Double Blessing.

He Wept

Luke 19:44b – “…because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”

My message for Palm Sunday, The Whole Multitude, focused on the unique features in Luke’s narrative of The Triumphant Entry of Jesus. Several key components of the traditional scene are removed from the third gospel. The large crowd of Diaspora Jews on a pilgrimage to the Holy City are not present in Luke’s account. There is no waving of palm branches. There are no shouts of Hosanna. There is no association with the House of David. In my message, I explain how Luke removes these “nationalistic overtones” so that he can emphasize the presence and participation of the disciples, who finally get it right, if only for a moment! Continue reading

Beyond Blessed

Psalm 127:3 – “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

When we allow life to underwhelm us, God can overwhelm us. More accurately, we become more aware of God’s presence in our life when life’s persistent failure to meet our expectation does not dominate our thoughts. The (hidden) presence of God is revealed, but only when we cancel out the noise of life so that we can hear the voice of  God speaking to us. Continue reading