TEXTING

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is...

WHILE-U-WAIT

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."  . . .Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you...

WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE

But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." (Genesis 50:19-20) . . . He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be...

HELPFUL INFORMATION

A few years ago, I participated in developing a Pandemic Preparedness Plan for the Village of New Maryland. In the process, I learned some things I'd like to share with you. Thorough hand washing has already been stressed. However, in doing this, we should be aware...

PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

"Be careful, keep calm, and don't be afraid." (Isa 7:4) All the press conferences, all the official statements, all the medical advice on how to prepare for the covid 19 pandemic can be summed up in these words God gave to Isaiah. The situation then was an impending...

ON VACATION

In chapter 28 of Isaiah, when the drunken priests and prophets of Israel were mocking God's prophet, saying they weren't wet behind the ears and didn't need to be taught, God responded through Isaiah: Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will...

HE REACHED DOWN

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. (Ps. 18:16)   Whenever I read this verse in Psalm 18, memory takes me back to a large, shabby room in Santiago, Cuba. It's September, 1996, and the four of us who make up the female...

EXCLUSIVE, INCLUSIVE, CONCLUSIVE

"Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior."                                                                                                                                                 ...

LOVE IS A VERB

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. . . . My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  . . . everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed...

SELF SERVICE

God's message through Isaiah re-stated (see Isa 58:1-6, 8-14): "Shout this at the top of your lungs, and don't hold back: Heads up, people! You're living in rebellion against Me. You think you know who I am, but you keep proving that you don't. "To all appearances,...