Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

1 John 1:1-4 “I would never believe it if I hadn’t seen it for myself!” Was that your sentiment when you first saw a natural wonder like the Grand Canyon? Was that your response after witnessing the effects of a natural disaster? Have you said something similar...

Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

Monday, June 27 – Reflections

John 15:1-11 The joy that is able to sustain us, the joy we long for and cherish most, has deep roots. A friend told me that his late father never sat him down to tell him how to handle his life. He just always taught by example. His father treated everyone...

Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

Sunday, June 26 – Reflections

Isaiah 65:17-25  My parents were quite artistic. Mom said Dad married her for her red sable paint brushes. Sadly, my work in high school art class produced muddy-looking paintings, a lumpy clay jar, and a few so-so sketches. Despite my lack of talent, I still...

Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

Saturday, June 25 – Reflections

Ephesians 4:14-16 The joke is that those of us from the South can use our accent to make a thinly veiled insult still sound sweet, as in “Well bless your heart!” I entered college as a music major but changed to psychology before the end of my first year. I...

Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

Friday, June 24 – Reflections

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 Weddings and funerals are part of life. At weddings we celebrate possibilities while funerals are occasions to share grief. Increasingly though, funerals are also considered opportunities to celebrate a life.  Since some of my happiest...

Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

Thursday, June 23 – Reflections

1 Corinthians 13:1-7 The words of this familiar passage take me in surprising directions. Sometimes I think hypocrites are those without love, or religious leaders caught in scandals, or the arrogant, or those who aren’t as easy to get along with as they think...

Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

Wednesday, June 22 – Reflections

Galatians 5:13-15 Most of us enjoy treating ourselves when we accomplish a goal or make it through a particularly demanding week. A little self-indulgence as a reward can be nice. We often frown at excessive self-indulgence though, whether that’s an extravagant...

Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

Tuesday, June 21 – Reflections

John 15:12-17 I grew up pondering questions like “Would I run back into a burning building to save someone?” The fact is, no matter what we would tell others, we really don’t know the answer until a crisis occurs. If forced to make a split-second decision, what...

Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

Monday, June 20 – Reflections

John 13:31-35 As Jesus nears the end of his earthly ministry he gathers the disciples to make sure they know the truths that matter most. He returns to the importance of loving others. Jesus repeatedly teaches and demonstrates how important others are. No doubt...

Tuesday, June 28 – Reflections

Sunday, June 19 – Reflections

Matthew 22:34-40 You’re driving late at night when you come to a four-way stop. There’s no one around. Do you stop completely? Or just slow down? When a lawyer asks Jesus, “What is the greatest commandment?” some commentators say we should read this as “which...