What do Hagar and Ruth have in common?

I didn’t start out to study the life of the Patriarchs, starting with Abram and Ruth. What I wanted to focus on were the women who were (unusually) listed in Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1. If you’re in a hurry today, you can skip to the last few paragraphs to see where we are going… Read More

The Body of Believers

God’s Kingdom is more than just a personal experience, it is also God’s intended will for believers who gather together—the church. Individually and collectively—we are called to overflow with His love, which brings God’s Kingdom to earth. And we are not to keep it all for ourselves. But you will receive power when the Holy… Read More

what gifts do you need?

Store Clerk: “What is Santa giving you for Christmas.” 5-year-old: “Santa’s not real; he’s just a nice story we tell at Christmas time. You may make-believe if you want to—it’s fun.” This is a paraphrase of my granddaughter’s conversation, echoing her grandmother via her mother. “It’s a fun story to enjoy, but it’s not real. What do… Read More

Is less really more?

Regular, deliberate pruning brings improvement  Every year I prune my raspberry patch because overcrowded canes compete with each other for sunlight and nutrients. If I don’t, the patch produces fewer berries and smaller, poor-tasting fruit. Without pruning, shady moist conditions around dense thickets encourage fungal diseases. Pruning also results in better writing. Pare down your… Read More

Psalm 1:3 Fruit and Flowers

My roots are firmly planted in you, bringing me the nourishment of your words, your love, your peace, your shelter and your strength. You water me with the flow of your Holy Spirit. May my fruit and blossoms benefit everyone I meet.       Psalm 1:1-2 (The Message) You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing… Read More