October 23, 2017

Adam McHugh: And God Gave Wine

The Psalms tell us that the Lord gives wine to gladden the human heart. That is one scripture I have absolutely no problem obeying. All kinds of gladdening happen every time I open a bottle of wine. The image of clusters of ripe grapes that will be crushed, fermented, bottled, and poured into glasses makes […]

Consider The Dogs

I’ve had a few dogs over the years, but there are three that stand out in my mind:  Mama Dog, Marshall, and Archie. Mama Dog came into our yard to starve to death when my husband and I were living in Liberia.  I saw her skeletal form collapsed on the edge of our property with […]

We Are Far Too Easily Pleased

Second Sunday after Epiphany John 2:1-11 I used to not like weddings very much. They seemed like a lot of trouble, and people tended to overdo them. When we had children at home and lots of things on our plate, it seems that weddings always interrupted other plans and caused upheaval in our routine. Plus, […]

Psunday Psalms: Morning and Evening

Psunday Psalms Devotional Thoughts on the Psalms * * * Each morning you listen     to my prayer, as I bring my requests to you     and wait for your reply. (Psalm 5:3, CEB) I can lie down     and sleep soundly     because you, Lord,     will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8, CEB) * * * The first pieces in the […]

The Invasion Of Life

So last Wednesday night I had to ask Chaplain Mike to take my Thursday posts as I had no internet service, and I didn’t feel well enough to drive to a coffee shop, even if I could find one at nine o’clock that was still open and would stay open for two or three hours. […]

Cheerfulness that Mocks the Devil

Martin Luther regularly gave personal and pastoral counsel to his friends to seek cheerfulness. He himself was subject to discouragement and depression, which he usually attributed to the attacks of the devil. His letters and table-talk have much to say about ways of overcoming dark moods. Luther’s advice is characteristically earthy and bold, while at […]

family. unique characteristics of each.

By Chaplain Mike In our consideration of God’s common grace gift of family this week, I keep coming back to this sentence: “Bottom line, life is about how we deal with the family stuff, what we do with it, where we run from it, how we get reconciled to it.” Today, we break down “the […]

That for which Every Heart Yearns

By Chaplain Mike This is the time of year a Midwestern boy like me looks forward to with all his heart. It is, without a doubt, the very best time of year. For this is the season when the three most wonderful words in the English language fill the air. Three simple, sublime words. They […]

Beggar of Bread

“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.” —Nikolai Berdyaev Recently, a friend visited our family one evening and stayed a long time. I baked cookies during his visit and felt triumphant over that considering I’d been sick for one week and had not bought groceries in nearly […]

The Bible Does Not Speak to That

By Chaplain Mike The other day I was reading a blog that will remain unnamed. I’m not interested in interacting personally with the author or “answering” his post. I simply want to use his take on a particular subject as an illustration to make a point here today. That point is: The Bible simply does […]