There is a phase to describe what often happens when somebody who is believable begins to talk: “When he or she stands up to speak, everybody listens!”
Am I more often alert to the sounds of God’s presence? Or do I not pay much attention to the ways God is directing me?
Stories can bring delight. And if there ever was a story that has sparked delight among believers, it’s the one about those three travelers from the East…
Have you ever been “sent on a Mission?” – picked out and entrusted with something to say or do?
The Advent message? Not only to welcome the Lord’s arrival, but also to take the kinds of steps which ease His birthing among us.
A phrase often on Jesus’ lips: “The Kingdom of God” — or in another iteration, “the Reign of God, His Father.”
Jesus parable in Matthew’s chapter about the 10 torch-bearing virgins concerns actions to be taken in the face of a delay — for us a delay in the coming of The Lord, Jesus.
I’ve always had a liking for country music. One of the special effects its singers use is what might be called echoing.
Reading Jesus’ parable about the two Sons, it struck me how often in the Gospels Jesus leans in favor of the ones who are out of favor.
There’s an ancient (1964!) song entitled “More Than”– More than the greatest love the world has known/ this is the love I give to you alone.”
“Listen and Respond.” If there ever were a pair of words to stir up action, these are the ones.
To get at a pivotal question in Matthew’s 23rd chapter, consider the distinction between two types of answers, one standard and the other personal.