Read Psalm 30 Covid-19 and a host of other societal changes has radically changed the world in which we live. As circumstances played out this year, I was deprived of the privilege of preaching Easter Sunday, but for all of us who have trusted in Christ, everyday is an Easter celebration for he has turned … More When God Turns Mourning into Joy
Tuesday is for Reminiscing The picture above is of our family at a Family Reunion on the Jersey shore some 20 years ago. I want to tell you about my daughter, but this story starts with my son. Some years ago, inspired by my son’s fantastic poetry, I was encouraged to continue to work on … More Can I Brag a Bit?
Read Psalm 74 and Psalm 38 Lament : to mourn aloud; to wail. 1 : to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for, … often demonstratively : to mourn 2 : to regret strongly Still another aspect of Lament in the Psalm literature of the Old Testament is confusion. The lamenting soul is tormented by confusion over … More Calling Out from Pain — Day 3
All this week I am posting a brief series in three movements: A morning praise to greet the day A mid-day praise to remind our hearts of our God’s greatness An evening praise to finish off the day Most of these will be infused with the language of the psalms based on a 30 day … More A Sabbath Week of Praise — Tuesday
Here is a startling observation. Nowhere in the Scipture are we told to develop leaders. Yet leaders for the church is one of the crying needs of our generation, in fact, of every generation. It seems in Scripture, that the assumption is that leaders will be developed in the natural process of making disciples. Out … More Where Do We Find the Leaders the Church Needs?
The Battle We Must Win This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post about “Don’t Grow Weary in Doing Good.” I am finding that the topic of spiritual battle is much on my mind these days. And part of my thinking is that perhaps as at no other time in my life and ministry, I am … More Praying Against “High Places”
Idea: Consider reading to the sound track of the BLOG. (“Aubre’s Gift” and the black bar to the right of this line.) Sanctifying the Day — A Call to Worship — “Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation! Let … More Entering into Rest
A Mid-Day Call to Repentance “Lord, our hearts are so inebriated with comfort and the bubble of our own little worlds. We truly are a people who are ‘entertaining ourselves to death?’ We are blind and lazy, and disengaged from real, sacrificial care for others. Even our acts of good seem to be mediated by … More Taking a Hard Look at Ourselves at Mid-Day
Mao “First we must be ruthless to our enemies, we must overpower and annihilate them. Second, we must be kind to our own, to the people, to our comrades, and to our superiors and subordinates, and unite with them.” Speech at the reception given by the Central Committee of the Party for model study delegates … More Comparing Mao and Jesus
Blessing the Night An Evening Benediction at the Close of the Day “Evening falls and the owl begins its hooting outside and as it does we are reminded of Your gracious hand throughout the day. May our hearts be always drawn to you, O Lord, in whose presence we have labored in this day. Flowers … More Blessing the Night