Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  Matthew 5:9 When I think of a peacemaker, I think of someone with a gift for easing tension, for working through differences, and for finding a way to bring together people with diverse beliefs and goals. When I was … Continue reading Blessed are the Peacemakers

A Challenging Peace

A Challenging Peace Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34 “For a child has been born for us…and he is named…Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 The season of Christmas is identified as one of peace. Unfortunately, our … Continue reading A Challenging Peace

Original Love

Original Love God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5b The essence of Emmanuel is love, and love manifests in relationships. Through the birth of Jesus, God chose to be in relationship, physically, with the people of the time. Today, God chooses to be … Continue reading Original Love

An Allegorical Christmas, Part 3

An Allegorical Christmas, Part 3  The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 “Big things come in small packages,” we sometimes say. Regarding the Christmas season, we are often referring … Continue reading An Allegorical Christmas, Part 3

Broken Hearts are Roomier

Broken Hearts are Roomier Then it was that, broken in spirit, he began to lose much of his arrogance and to come to his senses…    2 Maccabees 9:11a Don’t look now, but Christmas time is here. The season that is supposed to be about new birth, fresh starts, hope, peace, love, and joy too … Continue reading Broken Hearts are Roomier

Let My Words Be Few

Let My Words Be Few Never be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2 Since the season of Lent, I have been practicing the spiritual discipline of silence. I … Continue reading Let My Words Be Few

The Morning of Christmas

  The Morning of Christmas Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, God is with us. Matthew 1:23  ‘Twas the morning of Christmas, when Love came to earth, By way of a tiny and humble child’s birth; His parents had traveled so far from their … Continue reading The Morning of Christmas

Ebbs and Flows

Ebbs and Flows  Then I got up and walked in the field, giving great glory and praise to the Most High for the wonders that he does from time to time, and because he governs the times and whatever things come to pass in their seasons. –2 Esdras 13:57-58 Kansas is in the middle of … Continue reading Ebbs and Flows

Christian Values: Peace

Christian Values: Peace Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  Matthew 5:9 The importance of peace in Christianity can hardly be overstated. Of the many desirable characteristics the Bible encourages, only three are referenced more frequently, according to research done by Ben MacConnell on Christian values. In both the Old … Continue reading Christian Values: Peace

Christian Values

Christian Values For learning about wisdom and instruction, for understanding words of insight, for gaining instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity; to teach shrewdness to the simple, knowledge and prudence to the young – let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill, to understand a proverb and … Continue reading Christian Values