Living at Peace (Romans 11-13)

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18) Did you know that you have a choice in how you live and relate to other people?  Sometimes it's easy to forget that we're not simply the victims of the circumstances around us but that we can actually be a positive change.  Paul says that one of our responsibilities is to seek to ... [Continue Reading]

A Great Responsibility (Romans 8-10)

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14) It might be argued that the most important thing about a person is what he or she does with and believes about Jesus.  The early Church thought this was so important that ... [Continue Reading]

The Lord God Almighty is His Name (Amos 4-6)

He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord God Almighty is his name. (Amos 4:13) There's a great scene at the end of "The Wizard of Oz" where Dorothy and her friends finally make it to the Emerald City.  They had been on the hunt for the Wizard, and ... [Continue Reading]

Be Still (Exodus 13-15)

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14) There are moments when time seems to stand still, aren't there?  When the sun slowly descends below the horizon.  When a heavy blanket of snow covers a forest of unrelenting pines.  When a parent holds a newborn child for the first time.  There is an inexplicable mystery in those moments where God's ... [Continue Reading]

The Power of Forgiveness (Genesis 32-34)

But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. (Genesis 33:4) Forgiveness is a powerful force.  It says: debt cancelled - you don't owe me any longer. In the relationship between Jacob and Esau, Jacob had built up a huge debt.  First, he monopolized on a situation of weakness and manipulated Esau into ... [Continue Reading]