Who is Welcome?

I posted on Facebook yesterday what I thought was a pretty innocuous thought about unity in the church. Wow I was dismayed and surprised to see the “controversy this stirred up! My hope is that if we each ask ourselves this one simple question and be willing to take personal responsibility to reach out that…

The Farmer and the Harvest

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering his seed, some fell along the path and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil…

8th Christmas Gift

Eighth Gift of Christmas – Rest In all the hurry towards Christmas, it is easy for us to forget to rest for a moment at the manger. But He patiently lingered the unhurried nine months in the waiting room of Mary’s womb. Shepherds were the first to know as they rested with their flocks. Then Jesus was born…

The Seed and the Sower – Part One

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering his seed, some fell along the path and the birds came and ate it up Luke 13:4 Everyone had the same farmer. Everyone got the same seed. The difference in the harvest is all about preparation. Every day God is speaking.  If we are not prepared…

Preparing for Planting

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:6 Whether Winter has been mild or harsh, it has still been long. Nothing is green and our eyes are color starved as we look out over the brown grass and leafless trees. Everything…