How is it with your soul?

As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked … Read more

St. Bethel of the Wounded Knee

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  Luke 22: 19 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” John 20:25 Its been an odd time for Bethel, hasn’t it.  While things are slowly ‘opening up’, and we’ve been able to do more together, … Read more

New Things. Good Things. Right Things

 I am about to do a new thing;     now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness     and rivers in the desert.  (Isaiah 43:19)   A few weeks ago I was at a social event with a friend of mine from wayyyyy back.  She and I used to work together a long time ago and even though both of us have moved on from that job, we’ve stayed in touch.  It was a small group – small groups, after all, are the only safe ones, but I was the only … Read more

Humility

“… he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.  Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;  for this son of mine was … Read more

Zoomies and Naps

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ( Matthew 11: 28,29) “You can love what you do and still be tired” (A meme I saw on Social Media and I honestly have no idea where it came from). For the past week or so my grand-kitty, Clara, has had a friend over by the name of Holly.  Holly is this pretty little calico … Read more

The Serpent’s Fruit

“But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”” (Genesis 3: 4,5) “And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.  If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” … Read more

The Twitter Wilderness

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isaiah 55: 8,9)   “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,” (Luke 4: 1)   I have this routine every morning that’s unwavering.  Its mostly unwavering because I’m not really ‘good’ in the morning.  I don’t sleep very well at night so there are very few mornings that I … Read more

Singing the Lord’s song in Babylon

By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it. For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, And those who plundered us requested mirth, Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” But how could we possibly sing the Lord’s song on foreign soil?(Psalm 137: 1-4)   All week this Psalm has been ‘singing’ in my head; you know those earworms you get of music?  The tune I have in my head is the Israeli … Read more

It is well with my soul

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12: 1,2) When peace like a river attendeth my way When sorrows like sea billows roll Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say … Read more

Wants, Needs, and the Desires of your Heart

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7: 7,8) This week, I’ve had a couple of funny conversations with people.  Now, bear in mind that I’m really not a ‘sporty’ kind of person.  Maybe its why these conversations caught my attention.  Regardless, the scenarios I’m going to reiterate … Read more

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