He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed (Almost)

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday – (just in case you hadn’t heard yet.) My wife, who grew up in the Episcopalian tradition, likes to tell the story of hearing one of her priests marching into the sanctuary on Easter Sunday morning and proclaiming with a great, booming voice: “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” Though… Continue reading He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed (Almost)

Don’t Miss Jesus

…and suddenly, it is Holy Week. We began our trek toward Jerusalem, the cross, and beyond six weeks ago.  The journey began on top of a mountain, witnessing the mysterious and glorious transfiguration of Christ.  Now, we go into the valley of the shadow of death before we celebrate the equally mysterious and glorious resurrection… Continue reading Don’t Miss Jesus

Storm Clouds Gathering

The next part of the story is never easy to tell. There are storm clouds gathering.  Jesus has been on the road – healing, teaching, listening, preaching – moving. And he has been saying some very disturbing things to his closest, handpicked disciples. Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; And the Son of man shall… Continue reading Storm Clouds Gathering

Sailing with God

The Storm 13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. 15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave… Continue reading Sailing with God

The Greatest Announcement

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly… Continue reading The Greatest Announcement

No More Gloom

19 When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. 21 Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished,… Continue reading No More Gloom

The Peace of Thanksgiving

“Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV) It’s a wonderful promise – and it’s easy to miss. It’s the promise… Continue reading The Peace of Thanksgiving

The Blessing

“So the people of Israel followed all of the LORD’S instructions to Moses.  Then Moses inspected all their work.  When he found it had been done just as the LORD had commanded, he blessed them.”                                        … Continue reading The Blessing

Week 52 Come!…Take the Free Gift of the Water of Life

By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 52 Scripture Readings: Revelation 18-22 Key Scripture Verse: Revelation 22:17 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the… Continue reading Week 52 Come!…Take the Free Gift of the Water of Life