Our supreme concern — to be like Jesus

Rembrandt van Rijn, a resident of seventeenth century Amsterdam, was a prolific and popular artist. Art historian Marilyn Stokstad ranks him as one of the great artists of all times. He also ran an enormous workshop, where many apprentices learned to imitate his style. He may have excelled more as a teacher than a painter. … Continue reading Our supreme concern — to be like Jesus

Insight from Proverbs concerning communication

Who amongst us has struggled with foot in mouth disease? You know, that awkward moment when all eyes turn to you and you become painfully aware that you have said something you should not have said. Or, perhaps, you have said something in a way that simply came across in the wrong way? Unfortunately, we have all been there and done that. The following insight concerning communication with one another is taken directly out of the Proverbs. I hope it will be as beneficial to you to read these verses, as it has been for me to arrange them here for your perusal.

Are you getting enough RE’s?

Most Monday mornings bring moments of clarity for me. Weekends, especially those with ample time in worship and quality time with family, provide lots of opportunities to get in a few much needed “Re’s.” Such as: ⁃ Relaxation ⁃ Realization ⁃ Remembering ⁃ Reassessment ⁃ Realignment ⁃ Reinvigoration ⁃ Rededication These “Re’s” help bring clarity … Continue reading Are you getting enough RE’s?

Singing between the notes

Anne Lamott is an enigma. She writes with complete candor about her life-experiences. She sometimes offends the sensitivites of some church people with her unvarnished remembrances of her journey from atheism to an unashamed confession of faith in Jesus. Her openness and honesty is unsettling to those who are huddled behind barriers, insulated from the … Continue reading Singing between the notes

What a suffering Savior teaches suffering saints

It is difficult to write about suffering. Part of the reason: it is such a personal topic. Writing about suffering and consequently inviting readers to think about suffering also involves revisiting experiences we are doing our best to move beyond. Another reason has to do with the fact that it is very difficult to write … Continue reading What a suffering Savior teaches suffering saints