Read Psalm 37 (especially verses 1-8) 4 Delight yourself in the LORD; . … And He will give you the desires of your heart. ………….. (Psalm 37:4) What does verse 4 … More “I Call These Noises Silence”
Today in my devotions I was reading Psalm 16. I don’t know why. It was a mistake. I should have been reading Acts 16 and Psalm 21 as a part of Reading with the Pastor. But somehow I went to Psalm 16 first. I’m glad I did. The second verse reminded me of the greatness … More Your Majestic Neighbors
Friday is for Heart Songs Reading with the Pastor Luke 21 and Psalm 103 (Click on the sound file to the right of this post just above the search box.) Today’s reading is 38 verses in Luke but it is the first four verses that have captured me. See if they don’t do the same for … More The Widow’s Large Gift
Reading with the Pastor Luke 19 and Psalm 100-101 It has been fun to see how appropriate the coupling of these psalms with the Gospel portions has turned out to be. Today, we read two short psalms and the familiar story of Zacchaeus climbing a tree to get a better glimpse of Jesus. Don’t you … More A Postcard from God
Message Clear am I if I am he hero hurt there and here and there I am rife in sion and I die am erect am erection of the life of men sure the die is set and I am the surd at rest o life I am here I act I run I meet … More Resurrection and Glory
Reading with the Pastor Luke 6 and Psalm 81 a brief offering for “The Poetry Project”* Read Psalm 81 Sing for joy to God our strength; …… Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. (vs. 1) . . . Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. (vs. 10b) Our Souls Leak Not only … More Our Souls Leak
Reading with the Pastor James 3 and Psalm 56-57 As a teacher, it is hard for me to get past verse 1 of chapter 3 in the letter of James. “Let not many of you become teachers, my brothers, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” There is a weight that any teacher … More How is it Possible to Write Without Pain?
Reading with the Pastor Mark 14-15 and Psalm 50 “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Mark 14:26 (cf. also Matthew 26:30) Was Jesus a tenor or a baritone? One day we will know. But it is captivating to think of Jesus singing to me. The … More Was Jesus a Tenor or a Baritone?
Reading with the Pastor Mark 11 and Psalm 46 “Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in Your word” (Psalm 119:18). The Temple was to be a house of prayer but in Jesus time it had been turned into a “robber’s den” (Mark 11:17). Here was a specially set aside and sacred place … More When Doing Right Gets You in Trouble
Meditations on Matthew 18 and Psalm 22 Read the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35. Let it sink into your soul. If the body of Christ would master just this one parable, the whole life of the church, our families, our relationships with others would be radically changed. Pray for that. Start with … More What Jesus Was Thinking on the Cross?