Thoughts (Page 2)

Thoughts (Page 2)

General blog thoughts & musings

In favour of simple and direct prayer (we don’t need to be heroes).

I’m sometimes frustrated by my prayer life, which, when I compare it to what I think I know of the prayer lives of others (that’s probably my first mistake!), feels like it’s weak and shallow. Maybe you feel the same way about your own prayer life, wondering what it takes to be a “prayer warrior,” as some call it. Dallas Willard has some encouraging and helpful things to say to us. It’s maybe a bit of a long quote, but…

Our Scripture for Sunday

The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. See what’s in your heart, by judging what comes out of your mouth. Matthew 15:10-20 10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” 12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” 13…

Robin Williams, is dead.

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression — he made reference to it himself in his comedy…

Preparing for Holy Communion

Pastor Randall wrote some thoughts and a prayer about preparing our hearts before we come to God’s table.  Take some time to reflect on these words throughout the week, in preparation for Holy Communion.     Invitation to Prepare for Holy Communion In silence, reflect upon your lives, things done that should not have been done, and things that should have been done. Tell God you’re sorry, repent, ask Him to forgive you, and He will. Righteous God:  In this…

Falling Rain

Sounds as though most of the locals have their crops in by now, and I suppose it’s nearly perfect timing as the rain begins. It’s a soft, misty sort of rain and it’s beautiful. For now. Rain.  

Psalm Two

Psalm 2 1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 “I have installed my king on Zion,…

Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. It always seems to sneak up on me. Maybe because I’m a farmer and ‘May’ is just synonymous with ‘busy’. Or maybe it’s because we haven’t had much spring weather yet to remind us that Mother’s Day is coming? Whatever the reason, it really doesn’t matter because the day is almost here! I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom lately. How much she means to me and how I just don’t tell her as…

Prayer for Planting Season

Pastor Randall wrote this prayer for our church, as we’re entering this Springtime & the many different demands that are on us. Whether you farm in the field or work in an office or are busy in your home – this prayer acknowledges and redirects our thoughts and attitudes toward our God who is in control of ALL things. Take some time to read this prayer & make it your own today. Prayer for Planting Season Father, we are a…

At the Fauzi Azar Inn. Nazareth.

Slept for ten hours last night. Thanks for prayers. Here are some photos from the place we are staying at in Nazareth. Very beautiful in spite of the drought this place is in right now. This place is filled with warm generous people. I’m loving it.

Where does my help come from?

Good morning! How y’all doing today? I know it’s cloudy & life is busy…but it is still a day to “rejoice & be glad, because we’re not alone… “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1&2 This Sunday we’ll continue rejoicing together with a family, as they bring their sweet baby boy to the Lord in dedication. We’ll also…
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