"Therefore I tell you, do not worry...." Jesus makes it seem so simple when he says it. Just don't do it. But I think a lot of us have been and are worried about many things. And when I say that, I may mean me. Let's just start with the first admonition: Do not worry… Continue reading Jesus makes it seem so simple
It's been a few weeks since I've posted here. There are things I could say about that. I could explain the absence. I could make excuses for the absence. I could apologize. I could be frustrated with myself. But my friend Jon Swanson at 300wordsaday.com would tell me to recognize that I needed the rest… Continue reading Having a Conversation with the God of the Universe
Jesus' teachings about adultery and marriage and divorce can seem hard. Let's talk about them.
We are the salt of the earth is what Jesus says. But what is a covenant of salt? And how else is salt used in the Bible?
Blessed are the persecuted. Why are they persecuted? Which side are you on? Truth and Jesus and mental health and peace and division. So much to talk about.
From YouVersion App Peace. People long for peace. We want world peace. We want peace in our homes. We want peace on social media. But most of the time we are not willing to be peacemakers. We would prefer to be peacekeepers. The problem is that where peacekeepers are, there isn't usually true peace. So… Continue reading Peacekeeping or Peacemaking?
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.Matthew 5:8 That was this week's verse at Avalon. You can listen to the service here if you missed it. It got me thinking about our hearts and what it means to have a pure heart. Sometimes the easiest way to define something is to… Continue reading Diagnosing the Heart
Matthew 5:6 is this week's verse. What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness?
"Meekness is a hope rooted in God that leads to faithful responses even in the face of adversity."
Jesus says "Blessed are those who mourn." That doesn't make sense. Let's look at the meaning of this word blessed to understand this better and find some comfort.