“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart” – Luke 18:1 (NRSV) [1]   When will the carnage stop? When will the suffering end? Why do our prayers seem to be of no avail?   Recently we heard the news of a mass shooting in Las…

“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” – Romans 8:24-25.   You may recall Saturday Night Live’s funny mock sketch, Daily Affirmations With Stuart Smalley….

“But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, to tell of all your works.” – Psalm 73:28 (NRSV).   I’ve yet to meet a pastor or ministry leader who would not affirm that it is good to be near God.   A common theme that…

“Now it is not necessary [urgent] for me to write you about the ministry to the saints…” “…I thought it necessary [important] to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you…” – 1 Corinthians 9:1,5a (NRSV) [1]   There used to be an “In-Box” on the corner of my desk. Its décor matched my…

“In Judah it was said, “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall.” – Nehemiah 4:10 (ESV) [1]   Have you noticed: enthusiasm, excitement, and effort are inclined to evaporate at the halfway point of any project….

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  – Micah 6:8 (NRSV) [1]   Hurricane Harvey was devastating – and refreshing.   As tragic as it is for families who have…

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29 (NRSV) [1]   A few weeks ago a friend of mine had asked his friends on Facebook to avoid using…

“Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world.”  – Philippians 2:14-15 (NRSV) [1]   Am I the only one who’s a little suspicious of someone…

“ … Be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.” – Job 33:33b (NRSV) [1]   When we need something, or when life is unmanageable – and no amount of effort on our part seems to make a difference – it’s common to find ourselves formulating words to request answers from God.   However, have…

“You will know them by their fruits…” – Matthew 7:16a (NRSV) [1]   I’ve learned there are many views on what it means to be a Christian. Some of those observations are less than charitable. “All Christians are judgmental.” They (Christians) are all hypocrites.”   It’s tempting to lump everyone into one basket – especially…