Religion

Silent acts that may be golden

March 22, 2019 at 3:00 am

Have you ever heard the saying, “some things are best left unsaid?”Does this apply to you? Are there certain things that you keep to yourself? Perhaps you share some sensitive things, but only within a small circle of trusted, like-minded f...

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A funny thing happened on the way to spring

March 15, 2019 at 3:00 am

Do you remember what it was like a few months ago? Almost everyone I met was saying that it looked like we were going to have a mild winter. Some were talking about planting their garden earlier than expected. Others were thinking about com...

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Religious buzzwords and their application

March 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

There is something called “original sin.” One belief about original sin is that it is a direct result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Thus, because of their actions, from that point on, all people have had a like “hereditary malady” that pr...

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Has Martha been given a fair shake?

February 22, 2019 at 3:00 am

An idiom is a commonly used expression that captures our attention. Certain idioms have been used for years, and yet they may have been taken for granted. We have forgotten their origins.For example, “give it a fair shake.” What is the mean...

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Please be careful how you move

February 15, 2019 at 3:00 am

In Matthew 4: 6-7, Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness: “If You are the Son of God,” he said, “throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands, so that...

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When Jesus called his fourth disciple

February 08, 2019 at 3:00 am

If you have a Bible handy, please open it and turn to Luke 5:1-11.It is here that Jesus calls his first three disciples. He invites Simon, James and John to follow. It says that they do so leaving “everything behind.”What did this mean? Cer...

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The greatest achievements of Moses

February 01, 2019 at 3:00 am

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is that of Moses. One could say a lot about his life and ministry. This would include his confrontations with the Egyptian Pharaoh, leading his people through the Red Sea as they fled from Egypt, his ...

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It’s about time to close the door on January

January 25, 2019 at 3:00 am

What is your favorite month of the year? I’m curious – is it January? If so, perhaps your birthday is in January? Maybe you love crunching numbers, and you cheerfully begin preparing your taxes, right out of the gate? Maybe you are simply g...

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What happens when we read too quickly?

January 18, 2019 at 3:00 am

Recently, I downloaded an app for my iPhone. It is called Blinkist. I decided to try their service for a seven-day free trial. Blinkist provides 15-minute summaries of books in an audio format.After accepting the trial offer, I quickly skim...

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I admit, I have a terrible hangover

January 11, 2019 at 3:00 am

I am not much for alcohol. I grew up in a household that simply didn’t have any of it around. It was because of religious beliefs (I did not grow up as a Lutheran). Also, I suspect, there might have been another reason. My maternal grandmot...

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