Text for the Week – Psalm 8: This week’s devotional is meant to set the stage for Monika’s sermon on October 3, entitled “Who are you?” Included in this brief devotional is this link to a choir singing the iconic hymn, “O Lord our Lord” – about 2 minutes long. This is a great Psalm,
This is the weekly devotional for the week of 9/19-9/26. On Sunday the 26th Bev and I will be in Nashville, and we will be worshipping at the Otter Creek Church in Brentwood. This week’s devotional is not in its usual form. Still, I want to give you something to “chew on” for the week.
Daily Bible Readings: Monday, September 13. Read Matthew 26:26-29. 1) In the course of a meal, what did Jesus do with two of the elements of that meal – bread and wine? 2) What significance did Jesus assign to those elements? Tuesday, September 14. Read John 15:1-11. 1) To what does Jesus liken the relationship
Language is fluid, constantly changing. Some dictionaries publish an annual list of the new words that make it into their updated editions. For example, “selfie” was named word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary in 2013.. In July, MSN posted an article about the new words that Dictionary.com had added to its list of
Pictures collect after 53 years of marriage. And children dread the time when they will have to go through boxes and boxes of unlabeled snapshots, many of which they don’t have a clue about. “Who on earth is that person standing next to my dad?” Or “where was that picture taken?” And many more mysteries.
The two books of I & II Timothy were written by Paul, and the end of his life to the young preacher Timothy. These letters warn Timothy about the approaching dangers of the world – what Paul called “deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.” Which certainly feel like we are witnessing those events and are
One of the loveliest passages in the Old Testament is one found in Numbers 6:22-27. In this text, God tells Moses to instruct Aaron in the fine art of blessing the Israelites. “Thus you (Aaron) shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his
Daily Bible Readings: Monday, August 30. Read Luke 15-24. Proverbs describes Lady Wisdom as someone who builds a house for hospitality, cooks a sumptuous meal, and invites guests. 1) How is the “great dinner” described in Luke similar to Lady Wisdom’s meal? 2) What excuses did people offer? 3) Who did the host of Luke
The text for this week’s sermon is Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 in which the writer, called Koheleth, concludes that life is a participation in vanity and meaninglessness. The whole book, except for the last chapter is a journey through his despair and inability to find meaning in life. Although he concludes in the last verses of the
Worship was awkward where I went to church as a child. Whether the Sunday morning worship was acceptable depended on a very strict rite, from which we could not deviate. A set number of songs followed by a prayer and another song and the Lord’s Supper. If anyone deviated and sang too many or too