Deuteronomy 18:15-20The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.  For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” The Lord said to me: “What they say is good.  I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.  I myself will Read more
I first heard the term “consolation prize” on a television game show when I was growing up. Since I don’t watch television much, I wonder if this term is still used. As a consolation for losing, a small cash prize was given to a player who did not win the grand prize. Why am I talking about game shows and consolation prizes? A couple of Sundays ago toward the end of his sermon on marriage, Pastor Peter asked us to change how we daydream about our reunions with our spouses in heaven. My husband, Steven, died two years ago, so Read more
Genesis 12:1-38The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.“I will make you into a great nation,    and I will bless you;I will make your name great,    and you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless you,    and whoever curses you I will curse;and all peoples on earth    will be blessed through you.”Matthew 1:1This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.Galatians 3:16The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to Read more
Romans 5:14-15Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.  But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!1 Corinthians 15:21-22For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so Read more
Colossians 1:15-18The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.Hebrews 1:6And again, when God brings his firstborn into the Read more
John 1:1-5In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Let’s Read more
Luke 2:1-7In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came Read more
Working with kids is always surprising and many times is humbling too.  One of the highlights of my year is getting to meet with and co-teach our children who are going through the Communicant membership process.  We meet with them monthly and each time we meet, I find that their answers challenge, encourage or convict me in some way.  This past week was no exception. Before we got the class started, I was asking the kids what they were thankful for.  One child answered, “my family.”  I’ve found in my years of working with kids, that’s a fairly typical answer.  The Read more
This is the time of year when a steady humming fills the air, from the rising to the setting of the sun. The sources of this whirring are those giant leaf collection vacuum trucks that scour the streets for curbside pick-up. Their noise may be far off or nearby, and they hum in tune with countless leaf blowers pushing the fallen foliage toward the street. Silence will arrive in a few weeks…until the snowblowers have their turn. There was a time, though, when people disposed of their own leaves; some by composting, most by burning. That’s correct: property owners would Read more
With much excitement and a little trepidation, we purchased our first ever 15-foot above-ground pool earlier this year…in fact already in March before the price quadrupled! Knowing that cleaning and maintenance was not exactly my forte, I vowed to reform my ways once the pool was up. The children loved the beautifully clean pool. We diligently cleaned the filter every day, topped up the little chlorine dispenser and did regular PH tests. The chlorine level was rather low so we piled in more tablets, but the water still looked fine. After a few weeks, the pool, which was consistently low Read more

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