Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Joy- Luke 24:33)

“It is true! The Lord has risen.” -Luke 24:33 Living generously whether it is expressed with our time or our money is one way to acknowledge our trust in God’s future provision.  Consider making a gift of time or money to an organization or individual you care about.  It could be volunteering at your church,Continue reading “Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Joy- Luke 24:33)”

Spiritual Practices: Grounded Present (Joy- Luke 24:30-31)

“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.” Luke 24: 30-31 Did you ever notice that joy and gratitude operate together in an upward spiral?  In her bookContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Grounded Present (Joy- Luke 24:30-31)”

Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Joy- Luke 24:32)

“They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” -Luke 24:32 The couple smiled lovingly at each other; an incredible seascape spread in panorama behind them.  “I am thankful to have been where I have been and to notContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Joy- Luke 24:32)”

Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Comfort- Luke 24:32)

“They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” -Luke 24:32 “What was your biggest ministry mistake?” he asked. Famous for put-you-on-the-spot questions, my colleague seemed to relish the look of horror that crossed my face as all theContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Comfort- Luke 24:32)”

Spiritual Practices: Series Introduction

“Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened…But we had hoped that he was the one…” -Luke 24: 13-14, 21 I don’t know that I have ever had a favorite scripture.Continue reading “Spiritual Practices: Series Introduction”

Epiphany Joy: Trusting in the Lord

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does notContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Trusting in the Lord”

Epiphany Comfort: The Hopeless Heart

“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,  a puzzle that no one can figure out,  But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human, I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, Not as they pretend to be.”  Jeremiah 17:Continue reading “Epiphany Comfort: The Hopeless Heart”

Epiphany Comfort: Being Unpopular

“He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”. . .All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throwContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Being Unpopular”

Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee… He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone…he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me toContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!”

Epiphany Comfort: Come + See, Go + Tell

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee… He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone…he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me toContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Come + See, Go + Tell”