In this season of Advent we are called to remember that our God is a Mighty God…One who brings new life from barren places and who plants seeds of faith in us that reach maturity in God’s time and God’s way. But it’s also a season in which many people who are grieving the loss of a loved one can feel confused or lost. My hope is that wherever we may fin
Listening to the radio we are reminded that this is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” But I would venture to say that it’s not because of the tinsel, snow, or wrapped presents around a tree. What makes it so wonderful is the gift of Jesus Christ, God’s promise
One day we will each stand before God and give an account for our lives on earth. Did we think only of ourselves, satisfying our needs and desires? Or did we think of others needs as important as our own? Living generously means that we offer all that we are for God’s purposes in the world. This includes our talents, passions,
This week our friend the Rev. Dr. Rob Hagan from The Presbyterian Foundation challenged us to live generously not only from our abundance but sacrificially from our poverty as well. Jesus himself drew attention to a poor widow who faithfully gave from what she had to live on while others gave larger amounts but without a cost to themselves. What this tells us is that God isn&rs
Part of living generously involves being a people of God who try their best to always do what is right. In a world of complex problems, that isn’t always a cut and dry thing. The Talmud which is the Jewish body of civil and ceremonial law states, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now. Love mercy now. Wa
Embedded throughout the news, we see that our world is deeply divided and struggling to get along. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is another way that perhaps we’ve forgotten. Jesus challenges us that loving our neighbor, even those with whom we disagree, begins with l
The night before Jesus went to the cross, he modeled for his followers an important lesson on serving others. He took on the nature of a servant, washed their feet, and instructed them to do it for one another. When we do this, Jesus said, “We would be blessed.” But this kind of self
The Bible provides four key images that describe our connectedness as Christians…a building, a body, a family, and a vine. Remaining connected to Jesus’ body is crucial for finding our place in the world. The truth is that God never intended any of us to live in isolation but in communion with others.
One of the key indicators of a church that is living generously is one that practices hospitality. As Jesus followers we are called to receive our friends, family, guests and strangers in the same way that we would receive Jesus himself. The early church was a model of hospitality with four key pillars that held them up.
Sometimes as new Christians, we mistakenly think that as Christ followers we are to be cookie cut images of one another. But the truth is that God has created us each individually and diverse, arranging us in the Body of Christ just as he wanted. We each have different ideas, gifts, cre