Synge, Daunce, and Leepe

The book of Jonah may be one of the last books I’d turn to for an Advent reading; yet when our pastor started a new sermons series on Jonah this past Sunday, it didn’t take much digging to reach the heart of the Gospel. Most of us know the story. God sends Jonah to the…

Refuge in the Names of God

When we moved into the little house at the edge of the Vienna Woods, I had no idea what lay beyond our doorstep. As the kids and I ventured up a path through the trees, I saw the tower. It was tall and rather narrow with concrete walls, edged with stone work, curving upward in…

Thoughts from The Holy Land

I’m sitting here in Jerusalem. It is the night before the opening of the new embassy. The streets are packed and the air filled with excitement as it seems as all of Jerusalem is gathering at the Western Wall (otherwise known as the Wailing Wall). Young and old, with lots of strollers, gather and the…

The Lord is My Shepherd

Ever since I can remember, this picture has hung above my bed in my room. It has always been special to me, but not until recently did I really pinpoint why it was so special. Then it hit me. To most, it’s just a picture of a girl with her precious goat-friend sleeping in a…

Do You Mean What You Sing?

Written by Carol Roland. How do we worship God in our church services? How do other religions “worship?” Some have certain rituals they faithfully perform. They kneel, chant repetitious prayers, light candles and bring food or flowers to set before their “god.” Some prostrate themselves with heads touching the floor. But what do Bible-believing Christians…

Have I Not Commanded Thee?

Guest Contributor: Amy Worley My simple thoughts… I have been digging into God’s commands to us. Not just The Ten Commandments, but other commands given to us in His word. One in particular that has been ever present in my mind is found in Matthew 22:37 Thou shalt love The Lord your God with all your…

Pondering

Written by Mary Ellen Hill Bryan. Pondering is good for the soul. I don’t ponder enough. Do you? Pondering…that’s what I’m doing right now…sitting in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, a computer on my lap, and three cats so close I feel as if I’m wearing a fur coat…sitting here…just…

Sinfully Sweet…The Problem of Sugar

One Sunday night after church, my family and I stopped by the nearest convenience store to grab a bottle of water, and the advertisement in the window announced that if you bought 7 slurpees you would get 11 free. There was even an app for it that you could download to your phone. This got…

Speed Reading or Meditating?

My 4th grader and I were discussing her reading class the other day. She was explaining how she had to take reading comprehension tests. I had to laugh because when I was in 4th grade the trend was speed reading. My school had little reading machines – small windows that let the student read a…