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This morning, one brief sentence from the Gospel doubled my enjoyment of God

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, This morning, one brief sentence from the Gospel doubled my enjoyment of God. The sentence goes: “Martha served.” (John 12:2) When we think of Martha, many of us think of Martha complaining in

What do you want me to do for you?

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, This morning, in my Gospel reading, I heard Jesus ask twice: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:36 and Mark 10:51) A little later, in my sermon preparation, I

As I study the Lord’s birth announcement of Jesus to Mary

December 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Dear Friend, As I study the Lord’s birth announcement of Jesus to Mary (Luke 1:26-38), my spiritual kinswoman Elizabeth has formulated the question on my mind: “And why is this granted me, that the mother

Today I invite you to rejoice for a while in the light of John the Baptist

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Today I invite you to rejoice for a while in the light of John the Baptist because John’s light reflects the light of Christ. I rejoiced for a while in John’s light yesterday,

Do you know you have a friend named Obadiah, who would lay down his life for you?

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Do you know you have a friend named Obadiah, who would lay down his life for you? The Obadiah I have in mind was a friend of the prophet Elijah. Obadiah managed the

Recently, the Lord has led some wise people from the East into my life

December 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Recently, the Lord has led some wise people from the East into my life; this morning, I want to share some of the “exceedingly great joy” (Matthew 2:10) they have brought with them.

Today Jesus tells me to call myself an unworthy servant

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Today Jesus tells me to call myself an unworthy servant. With such unflattering words, Jesus does not coddle me, but he does get me thinking. And I think he encourages me to call

The other day…

November 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Dear Friend, The other day, I had an appointment downtown and thought I saw a congregation member crossing a busy intersection. The scene made me think of Jesus looking at the crowds and having compassion

This morning Jesus gave me some driving instructions

November 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Dear Friend, This morning Jesus gave me some driving instructions. Since we all experience life as a journey, I’ll pass on what I heard. In the section of Luke that I’m reading, Jesus has “set

A Calvinist, a Jesuit, and an Apostle walked into my brain this morning.

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Dear Friend, A Calvinist, a Jesuit, and an Apostle walked into my brain this morning. They didn’t tell me a joke, and they left me feeling sober—sober with an assurance that I pass on with