REFLECTIONS

As I started my computer, I noticed immediately that our daughter had used it and had entered a whole new Screen Saver.  The pictures were reflective in nature; photos that are truly calming.  I love them!  The photographer had waited for that “magic moment” to capture the ones I was enjoying.  He did not needContinue reading “REFLECTIONS”

CATCH THE FOXES

Some years ago I encouraged our congregation to memorize Song of Solomon 2:15… “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom.”  I had picked up the idea in some of my studies. Selfishness                    … Spoils love Discontent                    … Spoils joy Anxious thoughts        … SpoilsContinue reading “CATCH THE FOXES”

LIVE PEACEABLY!

If ever there was a fit moment to practice what is enjoined by the Apostle Paul, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we certainly could say it is in this hour.    We speak of peace, peacefulness, peaceably, along with the knowledge that in other portions of Scripture it is said: “and the world shallContinue reading “LIVE PEACEABLY!”

QUIET SOUNDS – PEACE

The sound was arresting.  Having awakened from a deep sleep, the quietness was being penetrated by the cooing of a dove close by.  Somewhat reflectively, I found myself in northern Pennsylvania remembering the first morning of our honeymoon when the stillness of our cabin had been penetrated with the sounds of dove, whip-poor-will, and bob-white.Continue reading “QUIET SOUNDS – PEACE”

IN THE CENTER OF HURRICANES

As a child, I recall a certain fascination in standing on the first floor of the Gibbs Hill lighthouse in Bermuda and looking at the huge crack in the brick created by a hurricane in the late 1920s.  The lighthouse was constructed of cast-iron; however, the base and the first floor have seven feet ofContinue reading “IN THE CENTER OF HURRICANES”

NOT JUST TWELVE

I noticed again that Jesus had multitudes, crowds that gathered to hear Him speak, to watch as He healed. They were enamored with His teaching because it was unlike that of the Scribes and Pharisees. How they were able to hear Him sufficiently to become followers is in itself one amazing fact. Yet our text,Continue reading “NOT JUST TWELVE”

THE AURA OF CHRISTMAS

The sound of Christmas is in the air The aura of Christmas is everywhere Decorations are hanging for all to see Each home is bedecked with a Christmas tree. Cards and letters arrive by the score Reminding us all of our friends once more The stores have been laden with toys since this Fall TheContinue reading “THE AURA OF CHRISTMAS”

ASCENDANCY

As I continued watching the birds over coffee, five different thoughts emerged that we will continue to pursue. This particular thought captured my attention when I noticed two doves engaging in a “tiff”. You and I have always been taught that a dove is a symbol of “peace”. We look around and see pictures ofContinue reading “ASCENDANCY”

DISASTER

“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3 Disaster after disaster plagues this old Globe and has done so from its earliest formation by our Creator God. We have gained insight into them and even some sense of their occurrences. We feel quite enabled to deal with themContinue reading “DISASTER”

GRACE AND PEACE

“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 1:2 Out here in Arizona, there are those who are convinced, that sooner or later they are going to find that nugget of gold where others quit before they just reached it.Continue reading “GRACE AND PEACE”