Embracing Quiet

Embracing Quiet

Sometimes our worship band pauses between songs to spend a few moments in silent praise. Our worship leader told me that during those moments part of the congregation is clearly engaged, but another segment shuffles nervously or shows signs of impatience. Why do so many find a few moments of silence awkward? Because it is so […]

The Open Door

The Open Door

As we begin another year, we will commit to – “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts; and be thankful.” For some of us, 2016 was a very good year, for others it was a traumatic year, and for many it was a life changing year. Whatever your position in 2016 – wonderful, […]

The Third Commandment

The Third Commandment

I’ve starterd reading the Bible through again, and this time, I have a jump on the New Year. Since I finished reading the study Bible I was using last time (which took me over three years!), I got started early on the version I had chosen for this year, my mom’s large print Good News […]

Peace in the Storms of Life

Peace in the Storms of Life

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the […]

Let There be Peace

Let There be Peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” (John 14:27)  December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor Day. A day that will live in infamy, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt termed it. This calendar day never passes without me recalling the horrendous act that catapulted the United States into World War II. I’m certain those […]

Finding Peace During the Holidays

Finding Peace During the Holidays

In the last few years I’ve been really drawn to the words of John. Last year at this time I found myself gravitating to this verse:   Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and […]

Peace

Peace

I get on a kick with verses or sections of the Bible sometimes. I don’t think that’s by accident. I believe that God meant for these words to come through to us when we needed to hear them, and that’s why sometimes a passage you’ve read dozens of times will suddenly stand out to you […]