Keep On Climbing

Keep On Climbing

Ashleigh Brilliant draws cartoons to go with crisp and meaningful sayings called “Pot Shots.” One of these cartoons depicts two people with walking sticks in hand climbing a mountain in knee-deep snow. The caption reads: “Keep Climbing Upwards! You may never reach the...
Embrace the Moment

Embrace the Moment

In his book, Holy Sweat, Tim Hansel tells a story about a time he and his son Zac were out in the country climbing around on some cliffs. All of sudden, he said he heard a voice above him say, “Hey Dad! Catch me!” He turned around just in time to see his son joyfully...
Detours

Detours

Most of us are allergic to detours. Sometimes people are waiting for us, and we’re exactly on time. Then the “Detour” sign appears. It may be that a bridge is being repaired or the road is being rebuilt. The fact remains that our planned journey has been interrupted....
Wait For The Lord

Wait For The Lord

In the story of Abraham, in the book of Genesis – after the birth of Ishmael, Abraham waits 13 years for another word from the Lord. 13 years of silence. Abraham is an old man at this point. God has promised him an heir, and he knows it is not Ishmael. So, Abraham...
Keep The Fire Burning

Keep The Fire Burning

In the book of Leviticus, we learn a lot about the worship of the early community of faith. In chapter 6, the priests are instructed to keep a fire on the alter burning at all times. This fire was a reminder to the community of God’s continual presence with them. They...
Tiny Pencils

Tiny Pencils

Mother Teresa of Calcutta taught that we should try to be tiny pencils in the hand of God. I find that a wonderful image- a tiny pencil rather than a computer, or a majestic quill pen, or a printing press. All I need to be is a tiny pencil. How many times have we...
Our True Self

Our True Self

[Guest post from Don Oliver] There is another Hasidic proverb that says that on the Day of Judgment we will only be asked the question, “Why didn’t you become the person I created you to be?” Ignatius of Loyola says that we are like the piece of wood that cannot...
Give Thanks

Give Thanks

There is a marvelous Hasidic proverb that says, “when we die and are met by the Creator we will be asked only one question. The question will not be, “Why weren’t you the Messiah?” but rather, “Why didn’t you more fully enjoy the life I gave you?” There are many books...
Faith At Work In Us

Faith At Work In Us

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a great theologian and published many significant works in his day. He was also part of the German church’s resistance against the Nazis. Unfortunately, not all churches resisted. Many bowed to the threat and joined Hitler’s movement....
A Living Sacrifice

A Living Sacrifice

In the Hebrew scriptures, our Old Testament, animal sacrifices were a huge part of worship and faith. The priests of that day were responsible for facilitating all of this. As a pastor, I am so thankful we don’t do that anymore! But there is something about this...