“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7 but if we walk in…

“…Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for…

“…let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15a (NRSV) [1]   If you’ve been to a church lately, you probably observed that – somewhere in the worship experience – you were invited to “greet someone around you, welcome…

“Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.” – Mark 6:31 (The Message) [1]   Frank was in his eighties when I first met him. I was in my forties – and on the…

“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…