Not As Orphans

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate] to be with you forever.  This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him,...

LIVING AS FREE PEOPLE

 Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. 17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king. 18 Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle,...

“In This, Our Time of Exile”

" If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like...

ONCE UPON A BORDER

This is the first reflection I'll post on my recent time in Douglas, AZ, and Agua Prieta, Sonora State, Mexico, as part of a Borderlands Tour sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee. I used it as a children's story this past Sunday, April 30, and began the story by...

My Church: Playing together!

Jesus called a child, whom he put among them, and said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 18:2-3, 4:1 We recently enjoyed a Community night at Zion, with people of all ages sharing...

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is...

TURNING FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

A Meditation on John 9 As they say, “Ask a silly question, and you’ll get a silly answer.” I count about eight to ten silly questions in today’s Gospel story, like “Are you really the man born blind?” and “How did Jesus heal your eyes?” They make sense the first time...