REFLECTIONS

"A new command I give you: Love one another."   Jesus didn't say "Love one another -- unless you're angry.  Love one another -- unless they've disrespected you.  Love one another -- unless they've betrayed you or treated you unfairly."  He said  "As I have loved you,...

INVITATION CONSIDERATION

Matthew 11:28-30 (Scripture in bold italics)   Come to me, all you who are weary of all that is wrong with and in the world, and burdened by your responsibilities, your worries, your health concerns, your fears, your frantic lifestyle, the things you own that...

QUIET, PLEASE!

Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you must rest.  (Ex 34:21) This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:  “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it."  (Isa 30:15)...

NOT A SILENT PARTNER

The Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes through wordless groans.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with...

BE CONFIDENT

Confidence: it's a good word, a positive word, a reassuring word. It would be so reassuring if we could have complete confidence in ourselves to always do the wise thing; in others to be unfailingly trustworthy; in our institutions to be unquestionably just, fair and...

OH, THE DEPTH!

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!   How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!  Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been his counsellor?  (Rom 11:33-34)   Over the millennia, humans have discovered...

A FAMILIAR PLACE

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.  . . . you perceive my thoughts . . . you are familiar with all my ways. Where can I go from your Spirit?  . . . if  I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me...

PRESSING ON

I want to know Christ -- yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings . . . Not that I have already attained all this or arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and...

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Rejoice in the Lord  always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of...

THE WORD THAT SUSTAINS THE WEARY

The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.  (Isa 50:4)   Right now, "weary" describes just about everyone I know. We're weary of...