Growing in Grace

August 27, 2020 by Bob Whitaker From what we know historically, the epistles of I and II Peter were written to a group of Christians who were attempting to follow Jesus in the midst of persecution. Peter opens the second epistle with an encouraging word: May God give you more and more grace and peace […]

In God’s Economy, Less Is More

daily reading plan Aug. 4, 2020 by Bob Whitaker Maybe you have heard a saying like this, “your greatest weakness is actually a strength overdone.”  As with many catchy statements like this there is some truth to them even if they are incomplete.  At the very least they grab our attention.  This statement, however incomplete, […]

Be the Means

July, 21, by Dan Waugh This morning I was reading in 2 Corinthians and was drawn to consider a few verses in chapter seven more deeply. Paul writes, But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given […]

Blessed to Be a Blessing

daily reading plan July 16, 2020 by Steven Lulich Why then have you broken down its walls,So that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?Psalm 80:12 I grew up around fruit trees. The two I remember best were a plum tree in the back yard and an apple tree in the front yard. […]

Servant of Christ

daily reading plan July 14, 2020 by Bob Whitaker John the Baptist was an unusual character. He lived in the wilderness, wore camel skins, ate locusts and wild honey. He appears to be fearless and relatively unconcerned with what others think. Eventually his prophetic message led to death by beheading. He was a rugged individual, […]

The Words of the Lord Are Pure Words

daily reading plan July 2, 2020 by Steven Lulich The words of the Lord are pure words,Like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,Purified seven times.Psalm 12:6 As a child growing up out West, I remember panning for gold a handful of times. I never found anything worth writing home about, but it was […]

In Whom Do We Trust?

daily reading plan June 25, 2020 by Tim O’Connor It seems that the reservoir of trust in our society is quickly drying up. Name an institution (the Church included), and one of the interminable polls we are bombarded with will tell you that the percentage of people having confidence in it has dropped to low numbers. We are also atomized (frayed […]

Songs of the Heart

daily reading plan June 22, 2020 by Bob Whitaker Music enters the soul in a way that nothing else can.  As the melody rises, the lyrics emerge from our memory almost effortlessly.  We sing the words over and over again, letting them become part of our thinking, emotions, and even our daily lives.  Of course, […]

The Lord Will Be Your Help

daily reading plan June 18, 2020 by Steven Lulich If the Lord had not been my help,My soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.Psalm 94:17 Sometimes silence is golden.  At the end of a long day, when the kids have been at each other’s throats and I’m at the end of my […]

Sacramental Living

daily reading plan June 16, 2020 by Bob Whitaker In all four Gospels we read the story of Jesus multiplying five loaves and two fish for a crowd of 5,000. The story is personalized in John’s gospel by including a young boy who provided elements for the miracle. This is a story of sacramental living. […]