Embraced By God

Embraced By God

Embraced By God

Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.
Habakkuk 2:4

Friends,

This Sunday the scripture readings center around the word “faith”.

The Gospel Reading from Luke begins with the cry of the disciples “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5).

In the second reading, Paul writes to Timothy commending Timothy for his faith.

The first reading from Habakkuk closes with the words “Look at the proud! Their spirit…

My Place In This World

My Place In This World

My Place In This World

Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place—and I did not know it!” And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
Genesis 28:16-17

Dear Friends,

In the late ’80s or early ’90s, there was a popular song entitled “My Place In This World”. It was a crossover hit by contemporary Christian singer Michael W. Smith. The chorus went as…

Recalling Our Own Stories

Recalling Our Own Stories

Recalling Our Own Stories

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.
Philippians 3:4-7

Friends,

My wife, Nancy, and I returned from a cruise to Alaska a few weeks ago. Now, Nancy and I have been in all 50 states.

Even though it was a great trip, for me, the end of the trip was a little melancholy…

Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest

Now [Jesus] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing. - Luke 13:10-17

Friends,

As I write this, I am preparing for a vacation. My family was gracious enough to give Nancy (my wife) and I a cruise to Alaska with some on ship credits for excursions. We received…