Well friends, we’re all one week into the national emergency due to the COVID-19 virus. How y’all doing? I’m sure the answers are all over the board. And our answers say much about us — things like where we work, what personality type we have, where we gather our information. But most importantly, this is a great time to find out what we truly value. Testing has a way of making some things clear to us that we can’t see when life is easy, when nothing is asked of us. And what is testing but a time of being asked for things? Let’s dig in this week and see how Jesus handles this, and what it has to teach us, and let’s see why his answers let the crowds utterly amazed.
Years ago, I was introduced to the concept of growing vegetables through a technique called hydroponics, which is the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil. I was amazed! Not because I don’t like getting my fingers dirty, but because of what hydroponics could mean for people all over the world. One of the hot new innovations that was talked about at the time was the possibility of using fish as the source of the “added nut
Swords into Plowshares. When Teresa sent out the email requesting volunteers to share blog posts, that title stuck out at me first from the list of weekly topics. "ME! I pick that one!" I responded, because that phrase appealed to me on many different levels. Plus, it should be an EASY* concept to write about, right? I already knew EXACTLY* what it meant. (*capitals have been added for emphasis and sarcasm.) One of my favorite things about the teaching at Grace has been th
As we approach Veteran’s Day this next weekend, I would like to ask my church family to pray for all veterans. Besides the obvious physical disabilities many of these veterans struggle with as they return from war, there are many more with the often-unseen struggles with PTSD. This inner struggle of nightmares and daytime flashbacks can cause the veteran to be paranoid, un-trusting, isolated, and angry or irritable. It can make him/her feel hopeless, numb, and guilty in k