Bible Note #16 — By the River Jabbok

The tinkling of sheep bells was the last sound audible to him fading away up the path and over th hill on the other side of the small river.  The crunch of foot and hoof on the sandy gravel of the path had been lost to him fist, washed away by the splash and rush … Continue reading Bible Note #16 — By the River Jabbok

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Prayer Note #36 — The Time of my Life

Here I am, Lord.  It's a little before 5:00 A.M., and I've been awake for a half an hour or so, lying in bed, my mind wandering from thought to thought.  I seem to be done sleeping, though the clock tells me that I shouldn't be.  Have you wakened me for some reason?  Or is … Continue reading Prayer Note #36 — The Time of my Life

Prayer Note #35 — A Prayer for Artists and Artisans

Thanks you, Lord, that you have led me to discover the pleasures of making things with my hands -- durable things that last, things that can be appealing to the eye, things that show the natural beauties of the wood and stone that you have made and the metals you have shown us how to … Continue reading Prayer Note #35 — A Prayer for Artists and Artisans

Sermon #21 — Choosing to Forgive — Matthew 6:14-15 & Colossians 3:12-17

God doe not command our feelings.  He commands our choices.  He commands acts of the will.  Much of the time our emotions, our feelings are things that happen to us not things that we do.  That's why I say that God does not command our feelings.  We human beings do not really have control of … Continue reading Sermon #21 — Choosing to Forgive — Matthew 6:14-15 & Colossians 3:12-17

Sermon #19 — Forgiven Forgivers — Matthew 18:21-35 & Colossians 3:12-17

  Forgiving is at the very core of the Christian faith.  Apart from the forgiveness of God, there would be not Christian faith.  But, as we see in this parable from Matthew 18, forgiving is not only something that God does.  It is something that Jesus expects to mark the character of his forgiving people. … Continue reading Sermon #19 — Forgiven Forgivers — Matthew 18:21-35 & Colossians 3:12-17

Prayer Note #34 — Refreshment from the Suffocation of Sin

Though I am mired in sin, yet still have mercy on me, O Father and Lord of my life.  Capture my every thought and all the impulses of my being.  Make me yours in every facet of my life, so that I might have peace and full redemption in every branch and twig and leaf … Continue reading Prayer Note #34 — Refreshment from the Suffocation of Sin

Pastor Note #42–A Boy on the Streets, Part 2

When he realized that I was having trouble making out what he had written, he began to  be distressed.  I tried to give the impression that I understood everything he had written on the sheet in my hands, but it must have been obvious that I didn't. Jordan had appeared at the church door again, … Continue reading Pastor Note #42–A Boy on the Streets, Part 2