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Devotional Thoughts

Back to School

My dear brothers, and sisters, who doesn’t agree with me in wondering how fast this year is passing by. Some people may be returning from their summer vacation. However, August has already gone, and September is bringing us new challenges, events for others. We all may agree that this time is a very special for…

Making Christ’s Presence Visible

On his spiritual journey for holiness, Augustine of Hippo once said, “May I know You (Lord), as I know myself.” This is the first step to make Christ’s presence visible. Augustine considered and discerned his real self, about what he could do, and about how his spiritual gifts and talents empowered him to serve Christ’s…

The Theory of 1,000 Marbles

Even being newly retired, I’m finding it is still hard to “get it all done” and prioritize. There are always interruptions, especially when you care for others. The Scriptures this week lend themselves to looking at the rhythm of the Christian life, serving and resting. Even Jesus and his disciples were often so overwhelmed with…

Welcome Summer

In a few days we welcome the official first day of summer. On the same token, most of our children will be at home starting their summer vacations. On moments like this, we usually think that is a time to go out of town, a time to meet family, to have fun, especially during the…

Greetings, Easter People!

Greetings Easter People! We’ve made the journey through the desert and darkness of Lent, and now we are basking in the light of Easter! A mentor once told me, “As Christians, when things go into the tomb, it is normal for us to expect God to bring something new out of that same tomb.” This…

God’s Resurrection Power

April will begin in sorrow and end in celebration. Easter falls mid month this year. This means we will begin the month mid-way through our Lent journey to the cross of Jesus. Even as we will celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, we know the cross is coming. Yet, as April 30 arrives, we will…

Sharing

Christmas, a time of joy, wonder, love, and happiness, is drawing near. But, to be honest this year I just did not seem to have the Christmas spirit. I think the reason I was having difficulty is because I was feeling old this year. To be honest, I have been old for a couple of years. Maybe other people…

Routine

A church member once told me they volunteer at the library, restocking books according to the Dewey decimal system. In addition to supporting our local library, it helps to keep their brain sharp. As we move through life we are constantly faced with new challenges. Whether entering school or the workforce, starting a family or enjoying grandkids, life always seems…