Love and Light

7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. 8 Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining. 9 If anyone claims, “I am living […]

Psalm 6 Sick at heart

1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage. 2 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3 I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? 4 Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love. Psalm 6:1-4 NLT This Psalm is one of David’s lamentations, an honest admission […]

Celebrate!

It is no wonder that I love you, O God. You have granted me a security that I could never find among the things of this world. You have erased from my life the fear of death. What follows the grave is not my fearful concern. The traumatic experiences of this life cannot destroy me. You are never out of reach, but are ever aware of my problems and conflicts. How great and all-powerful is […]

God Likes You

Several years ago on a hot summer day in Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in a lake behind his house. As he ran toward the lake, he discarded his shoes, socks, and shirt so he would be ready to jump into the cool water. As he swam toward the middle of the lake, he was unaware that an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His mother watched out the window […]

Jesus, the Word of Life

“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and […]

Good Friday

His spirit and his life he breathes in all Now on this cross his body breathes no more Here at the centre everything is still Spent, and emptied, opened to the core. A quiet taking down, a prising loose A cross-beam lowered like a weighing scale Unmaking of each thing that had its use A long withdrawing of each bloodied nail, This is ground zero, emptiness and space With nothing left to say or think […]

Celebration in a Cemetery!

She was carrying a gift, but she didn’t expect a party. Mary Magdalene had risen early that Sunday morning while it was still dark to go to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid following his death on the cross. Her grief was overwhelming as she hurried to take spices and aloes to place on Jesus’ graveclothes. Never before had she felt so alone and helpless. Oh no! As she approached the tomb, the […]

What are you afraid of?

What are you most afraid of today? When life is uncertain and you become fearful about the future, what should you do? God invites you to take your fears to him so he can calm your heart. You can’t avoid the pain life has to offer, but you can endure whatever comes your way because God will be with you. He knows how you feel and what you need. He will either calm the storm […]

Looking for Hope?

Have you ever been so thirsty you would give anything for a drink of cool, clean, sparkling water? Imagine for a moment you had the choice of drinking from a clear mountain stream or from a rusty tub of gutter water containing dried leaves, mosquitoes, and other debris. Who, you ask, would even think about drinking from a broken, rusty tub of polluted rain water to satisfy their thirst? In a spiritual sense, we all […]

Looking Beyond Your Problems

r “When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. You are precious to me. You are honored. I love you.” (Isaiah 43:2,4 NLT) Are you trying desperately to keep your head above water, feeling like you may be going under for the last time? Don’t give up! Remember when you were a child first learning to swim? Someone […]