2017 Day 48 – God’s Anger

I sometimes hear friends talk about God  being angry at them for doing this or that or not doing this or that. Or the Holy Spirit being grieved by some infraction or attitude. Frankly, I don’t think of God getting angry at me. I don’t think ANYTHING I do surprises Him at all. And why … Continue reading

2017 Day 47 – A Leper’s Faith

I love the faith and humility of this leper: And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”  Mark 1: 40-41 People say today … Continue reading

2017 Day 46 – Best Ad Line Ever

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed Him.  Mark 1:17 We are working on a way to communicate what joining our ministry will do for future volunteers. What phrase most adequately expresses what we do in a way … Continue reading

2017 Day 45 – Brokenhearted?

Well, this is a first for 2017. Not having to work tomorrow, I was flipping through a magazine when I remembered – THE BLOG! I have 16 minutes to write until the stroke of midnight and my Surface becomes a pencil… Well, I liked this verse: The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves … Continue reading

2017 Day 44 – Change of Heart

I recently noticed something new about the thieves who hung on either side of Jesus. One of today’s passages says: …the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying,  “… He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”  And the … Continue reading

2017 Day 43 – The LORD Looks Down

The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man…. Psalm 33:13 – italics mine That theme continues through verse 15 of Psalm 33: The Lord looks out on ALL the earth’s inhabitants He fashions the hearts of ALL people He observes ALL our deeds. It’s hard to imagine that when the … Continue reading

2017 Day 42 – Excuse Me?

Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings…” …The people took off the rings of gold that were on their ears and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf.  Exodus 32: 2a, 3-4 So, that’s what really happened … Continue reading

2017 Day 41 – My Hiding Place

Psalm 32 is a great song about forgiveness – about wasting away in one’s guilt (vs. 3-4), confessing iniquity, (v.5) and receiving forgiveness (vs. 1, 5b). But the part that comforted me the most today was verse 7: You are a hiding place for me;     you preserve me from trouble;     you surround me with shouts … Continue reading

2017 Day 40 – “Is it I, Lord?”

I love it when I notice something in the Bible I never saw before. Like today. It’s the Last Supper and Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” To which the disciples began to ask, one at a time, “Is it I, Lord?” Only one person asked a different … Continue reading

2017 Day 39 – The Extravagance of Jesus

It’s easy to think that Jesus would want his followers to spend every minute and every dime doing holy-type things. Like if you had a choice between prayer and playing cards with the kids, prayer wins. Or if you had the choice between buying a Christian book or buying a beautiful bracelet, the book checks out. … Continue reading

2017 Day 38 – Wisdom Calling

Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.  Proverbs 8: 1, 4 I like that wisdom calls. I don’t have to go find her. She beckons to me. As I watch the goings on in the US today, … Continue reading

2017 Day 37 – Mourning to Dancing

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,     and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment,     and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night,     but joy comes with the morning… …you hid your face; I was dismayed… Hear, O Lord, and be … Continue reading

2017 Day 36 – The Voice of the Lord

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  Genesis 1: 3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  John 1:1, 3 When I feel overwhelmed, when … Continue reading

2017 Day 35 – Woe to You

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! As I read through Matthew 23, I can’t help but hear the sound track of Godspell in my mind: “Alas! Alas for you, lawyers and pharisees, hypocrites that you be.” That musical marked my Christian coming of age in so many ways. I’m just sorry I never got to … Continue reading