Lent—Giving Back

I was reading a devotional by Frederick Buechner and he mentioned Lent. Today starts the Lenton season, the forty days preceding Easter. Jesus fasted forty days in the dessert before he started his earthly ministry. Buechner suggested that Jesus spent the forty days...

Forgiveness and Restoration

For those who are regular followers of this blog, I apologize. I have not posted much this summer, and I am sorry. This has been a summer I want to forget, but I know I never will. What started as an act of grace and welcome turned into a nightmare I feared would...

Finding Purpose

I was reading in Mark 1:35-38 this morning, and I saw something I had never noticed before. It was early in Jesus ministry, and he had healed many and taught with such authority He was already a threat to the teachers of the law. He was gaining popularity fast. He...

Coffee Is A Hobby

I love coffee! I love big mugs, and I cannot lie! There was a time I had to force myself to drink coffee by sheer determination, but not today!  A college friend and I thought it would make us more sophisticated. Indeed it was one of the wiser things I did in college....

Do You Want to Get Well?

Are you happy with your life as it is? Do you look at others and wonder how they have such luck or ability to have what looks like a better life than you? I have lots of times. Jesus asked an unusual question to a man who had been paralyzed for years, perhaps his...