For the Bible Tells Me So

For the Bible Tells Me So

On Our Side, By Our Side, God’s Peace Inside

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help…
Loaves & Fishes

Digging Deep When it Counts

    Now when Jesus heard this, [of the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is…

Songs in the Key of Life

(with acknowledgments to Stevie Wonder) The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully. They will…

Intermingled with Good

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together…

Hope

‘For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” The strength with which one handles adversity and copes with losses is born out of a nurtured faith. It does not come to those who look for it only when they need it. It does not come to those who disregard the disciplines that open our lives to the kind of faith…

Stories of Resilience and Renewal

She sat on the old wooden bench, on the top of the mountain, soaking in the warm sun and the cool breeze. Calm, composed and stately, she wasn’t taking part in the workshop – she had no need to hear people jabber, she said- she was there to be closer to God’s presence, simple as that. The thick lenses of her eyeglasses made me wonder what kind of view of the vista she could take in. Her fine white hair…

How Loved Are You?

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on…

Where is the Holy Spirit?

“On the last day of the festival (of Tabernacles – celebrating God’s faithfulness to the Hebrew people in their journey in the Wilderness)… the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to…