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Why Wait?

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in you.  (Psalm 39:7) Our culture is not very patient.  Anything that makes us wait is an irritation.  We like drive up windows, fast food, express lines, and anything that gives us a little edge on getting through our list of things do more… Read more

Without Judgement

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  (Matthew 7) Jesus warning about judging others is one of the most misunderstood admonitions in Scripture.  It is most frequently used to attempt to fend off unwanted criticism and least used to examine our own disapproving fault-finding with others.  Jesus’ instruction to avoid judging others does… Read more

Not Just Thanks

I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. (Psalm 86:12) It is truly wonderful that our nation takes an entire day each year to give thanks for what we have.  We give thanks to God for our means of making a living.  We give thanks for… Read more

Our Father

 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” (Matthew 6:9) I have always loved the way our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters refer to the Lord’s Prayer as “The Our Father.”  That is really a better name for this prayer than calling it “The Lord’s Prayer.”  Sure this is the prayer that… Read more

On Being Religious

Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 6:1) The subject of faith creates discussion about being religious.  In fact it is hard to imagine how one might have faith without being religious.  Praying, ritual… Read more

Eyes and Teeth

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’  But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. (Matthew 5:38-39) The phrase, “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,” is a quotation directly from the law codes of the Old Testament.  Specifically this comes from… Read more