Giving Thanks by Giving

  Giving Thanks by Giving  What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” … Continue reading Giving Thanks by Giving

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

Selective Understanding

Selective Understanding  The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 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, … Continue reading Selective Understanding

The “I” in Faith

The “I” in Faith  Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs on your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 We often hear the saying, “There is no “I” … Continue reading The “I” in Faith

Third Things

Third Things  All this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hate one does not know. Everything that confronts them is vanity, since the same fate comes to all… Ecclesiastes 9:1-2 A typical western way … Continue reading Third Things

The You God Sees

The You God Sees  For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13-14a What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? You have made them only … Continue reading The You God Sees

Handling Rattlesnakes

Handling Rattlesnakes  All things are lawful for me, but not all things are beneficial. 1 Corinthians 6:1a Once upon a time, a man climbed to the top of a tall mountain. As he was admiring the view in the cold, thin air, he noticed a rattlesnake shivering at his feet. The snake said, “Please, sir, … Continue reading Handling Rattlesnakes