Category Archives: faith

For all his outward austerity, methinks the heart of John Baptist was full of much of the lovely pink of spring and summer that one, in drawing close and taking time and effort to examine, will find emitting the sweet aroma of Christ. But some, in misjudging him, missed the deep beauty and wisdom of his introverted nature! They […]

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I’ve been challenged to consider a needed area of growth to focus on for the coming year and to think about how I will take responsibility to begin to make that more of a reality in my life: My word for the year… Things that get me in trouble: comparing my life to others—physically, spiritually, intellectually, materially believing the lie […]

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Last week I spent time considering the words found in Luke 2:1-40. You most likely know the story about Jesus staying behind at the temple when He was 12 years old and his parents’ frantic search to find Him. Where was He found? “…in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them […]

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“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on […]

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In what seems to have become a tradition, Leah and I spent the day preparing for our family’s Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow. As usual, we first prepared our hearts by reading our weekly passage, Luke 1:1-25. There is SO much to hear within the words contained in those verses. It took us 2 or 3 hours to talk through […]

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I thought I would share something a little different here today, and that is how I have been doing my personal Bible study each week. I have been studying The Story of the King…reading and contemplating the life of David…along with other believers at Rio Vista Community Church. I hope you, too, have found the delight of […]

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In light of Robin Williams taking his life this month and David Wong’s thoughts about Why Funny People Kill Themselves that I have placed at the bottom of this post, I am reminded that it is not only funny people who build a straw man in order to garner attention and acceptance from others— with the outcome ultimately leading to death… […]

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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer   Dietrich Bonhoeffer 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role […]

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