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God is Still Good

This week’s devotion is written by Emily, a student at Pepperdine University.  This devotion was offered by one of our church staff members yesterday at our all-staff meeting.  It came to us through an extended family member who is Emily’s teacher. Yesterday was the one-month mark. Almost exactly a month ago I was trapped in…

Easter 7

New Day Sermon Easter 7 We yearn to find unity in our world and in our communities, but as often as not we come up short. As Jesus concluded his high priestly prayer in St. John’s Gospel, he reminded the disciples (and us) that unity is something God gifts to us, since the first days…

Healing Waters

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) I see him twice within a twenty-four hour period of time.  Each time, healing waters flow.  You might call me a crybaby.  Mea culpa.  But he has been a strong presence in my life.  I’ve…

Repentance Made Visible

“It only takes a spark, to get a fire going.”  Pass It On, Kurt Kaiser, composer It is late in the evening, minutes shy of midnight, and two dozen of us are gathered in front of the old stone fireplace.  We hear some words of Scripture and offer up some prayers to God … we…

Rejoice?

New Day Sermonadvent 3 Is it up to us to muster up hope and joy this holiday season? When circumstances make it difficult, joy, like faith can only be received from God. What we need to fill our spirits is available, yet not always accessible. Why?

The Terrible Gift of Free Will

The problem of pain, of war and the horror of war, of poverty and disease is always confronting us.  But a God who allows no pain, no grief, also allows no choice.  There is little unfairness in a colony of ants, but there is also little freedom.  We human beings have been given the terrible…

Blessed is the True Judge

Baruch dayan ha’emet ברוך אתה ה’ אלוהינו מלך העולם, דיין האמת It is the phrase that is spoken among Jews when a fellow Jewish person dies.  Translated it means “Blessed is the true judge.”  A fuller version of the phrase is “Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, dayan ha-emet” which means “Blessed are You, Lord,…

A Different Kind of Witnessing

We meet in the slightly chill air of an overcast morning … twenty or twenty-five of us.  Most of us have come right from church service.  We stand on a brick walkway or in the mulch or atop a few cement steps.  Trees surround our gathering area, though not entirely.  Those who pass by on…

Death is Not the Final Word

Some of you know I am a bit of a poetry junkie.  I subscribe to a couple of poetry blogs … The Writer’s Almanac … Panhala … Poem of the Week.  They are all different. The Writer’s Almanac is my favorite, as it has the widest breadth of poems from classic to modern, from rhythmic…