Category Archives: Bible

The Only Thing That Counts is Faith Working Through Love

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.”  (Galatians 5:6 NRSV) I have had pride over some of my accomplishments in the past.  I was in the … Continue reading

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This Time of Year

This time of year must surely lift us The annual joyful event called Christmas Forget this year, this weird election Instead we need sincere reflection A blinking star still lights the way To feeding trough where a baby lays The … Continue reading

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Light

Night is passing… Into day Light is passing… Over darkness Life is passing… Over time Time is not passing Over God God is Light

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Imagining the Call of Elisha the Prophet

The First Meeting It is a scene played out somewhere in this agricultural land. A tanned, muscular young man, is plowing a field, just one of many laborers that day. Suddenly he stops to remove an obstacle. He notices a … Continue reading

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Favorite Bible Verses

The verses lay hidden in the passage.  They were words that would envelope my life.  They were words that would put into precise expression my new feelings for Christ. I can no longer remember what I was doing when I … Continue reading

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Why Attend Church With the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Many people are turned off by church people and so don’t attend.  Although I attend, my feelings run in different directions because of my experiences: a.   Church people have been unusually nice to me, visiting me in the hospital, … Continue reading

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Good Friday

What is happening:  Jesus was interrogated last night before the ruling body of Elders, the Sanhedrin, where they tried to figure out what to do with him.  Finally he was locked away in a dungeon at the home of the … Continue reading

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Spy Wednesday or Holy Wednesday

What is Happening  On Wednesday Jesus remains in Bethany.  According to Wikipedia “Bethany has traditionally been identified with the present-day West Bank city of al-Eizariya (Arabic (العيزرية), meaning “Place of Lazarus”), site of the reputed Tomb of Lazarus, located about … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up The Place of Worship

What’s happening:  It’s now Monday.  He is walking back to Jerusalem, this time traveling the few miles on foot.  No crowds are waiting, so he makes His way inside the city to the Temple.  The sprawling edifice is still under construction, … Continue reading

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Religious Upbringing

Part of a daily devotional series at Words of Hope (https://woh.org/word/devotionals/2013/03/22) looking at how people in the Bible handled tough situations: Read Philippians 3:4-14 When it came to belief in Jesus, Paul’s religious background was an obstacle. He had a … Continue reading

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