24 12, 2018

The Incarnation…a post by Rich

By |2018-12-24T16:45:31-04:00December 24th, 2018|Advent, Beauty, Body, Emmanuel, Grace, Holy Spirit, Hope, Incarnation, Particularity, Relational Design, Trinity|1 Comment

As we turn our minds and hearts to the birth of our Savior this Christmas season we are reminded again of the significance of the Son of God’s incarnation. The descent of God in assuming human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ is history’s game changer.  Malcolm Muggeridge expresses it this way, "Thanks to the great mercy and marvel of the Incarnation, the cosmic scene is resolved into a human drama. God reaches down to relate himself to man, and man reaches up to relate himself to God. Time looks into eternity and eternity into time, making now always

26 06, 2018

Real Butter…a post by Tom

By |2018-06-26T19:10:39-04:00June 26th, 2018|Beauty, Decisions, Ephesians 1:7, Favor, Grace, Memory, People, Thankfulness|1 Comment

Recently I journeyed with a 100-year-old woman as she neared death. When she died the family shared memories and reflections on her storied life. I find it fascinating how people focus in and remember the small things over the big. One of the grandchildren, of whom she was particularly fond, recalled going over to her grandma’s small apartment for movie night to eat popcorn made with REAL BUTTER. The grandmother did not have much materially speaking. She lived alone and worked as a waitress. However, when her grandkids came over she used REAL BUTTER! The children were accustomed to

5 06, 2017

When the Dew Dries …a post by Jim

By |2017-06-05T15:05:39-04:00June 5th, 2017|Character, Clarity, Decisions, Future, Responsibility, Spiritual Disciplines, Suffering, Time|1 Comment

When going for a morning walk last week I notice an unusual sight on the sidewalk. There were hundreds of dead worms. Strange. I’ve seen a few on the sidewalk before but nothing like this. I wondered what caused them to die there. After a couple miles I seem to stumble on what I thought was a reasonable answer. Worms need moisture. And we haven’t had rain in a week. Instead of doing the hard work of digging their way into the sod of the lawns they seemed to be seduced by the heavy dew that was on the

20 03, 2017

God Loves Us Even When We Are Messy!…a post by Joy

By |2017-03-20T20:49:38-04:00March 20th, 2017|Beauty, Emotions, Living in the now, Trust|3 Comments

Christian spiritual formation can be a process that is enlightening, encouraging, sorrowful, and humbling.  Plain and simple, it can be “messy.”  Journeying back to the true self of who God has created us to be may require going through painful situations which teach us once again that we are His beloved children no matter what. As each layer of our false self is peeled away by the working presence of the Holy Spirit within us, He reminds us over and over again that even in these times of  discouragement, depression, denial, or grief, He loves us more than we can

31 01, 2017

Beacon of Light…a post by Joy

By |2017-01-31T01:54:57-04:00January 31st, 2017|Beauty, Community, Holy Spirit, Imagination|1 Comment

As a child I remember that my mother loved to light candles for many of our evening meals. For me, it made the meal time extra inviting along with the delicious food served, and the ordinary conversations of daily life. Time permitting, my father would tell a favorite story using the candles as a prop that we as children, and even as adults, loved to hear. As a college student returning home for a visit, and when Jim and I were first married, I remember the candle light in the window welcoming us home.  It was as though it

17 08, 2016

God Paid Attention To Me…a post by Joy

By |2016-08-17T16:58:57-04:00August 17th, 2016|Animals, Beauty, Creation, Faith, Love, Trust|1 Comment

God paid attention to me this morning in a way that He knew I would love! I opened the blinds of the window in the bedroom. Immediately I saw a bright red cardinal sitting on top of a tall weed in the field of swaying grasses behind our house. I smiled and whispered a prayer of thankfulness. The beauty of the red bird always reminds me that “God is with me.” He shows up at the most amazing times. He may be flying across my pathway as I’m driving, arriving at the bird feeder on our snow-clad deck in December,

1 06, 2016

Laughter, Laughter, Laughter…a post by Tom

By |2016-07-14T21:35:28-04:00June 1st, 2016|Beauty, Creation, Emotions, Holy Spirit, Love, Relational Design, Universe|0 Comments

Do you want to know what goes on in the heart of the Trinity?
  I will tell you.
  In the heart of the Trinity the Father laughs and gives birth to the Son.
  The Son laughs back at the Father and gives birth to the Spirit.  The whole Trinity laughs and gives birth to us. When God laughs at the soul and the soul laughs back at God, the persons of the Trinity are begotten.   
When the Father laughs at the Son and the Son laughs back at the Father, that laughter gives pleasure, 
that pleasure gives joy, that

27 04, 2016

Christ, the Doting Father…a post by Joy

By |2016-07-14T21:36:55-04:00April 27th, 2016|Creation, Faith, Loneliness, Love, The Relational Soul|0 Comments

This past week-end we have been celebrating the 1st birthday of our grandson, Hayden. Having never been in this position before, we entered the occasion with delight! Travel plans to fly across the country were made, bags were packed, the camera and phones were charged to take lots of pictures and video clips and of course, a birthday gift was chosen, purchased and wrapped. While participating in the preparations for the party, Jim and I were told that Hayden needed a playmate. We, or course, obliged! Watching him explore while crawling from place to place reminded me how far he

16 11, 2010

“I Lead You Back to Grace …”

By |2014-11-17T19:32:33-04:00November 16th, 2010|Quotes|0 Comments

God asks, "What fruits of the spirit do my servants receive? First, I look on you and give you light. I wake the loud, barking dog of conscience within you. I also make you sensitive to the perfume of virtue, and I give you joy in fellowship. "Sometimes I allow the world to show you its true colors. I let you feel all sorts of different emotions. I do this so you may know how inconstant this life is, and so you'll be more eager to look for your home in eternal life. "The eye can't see, the tongue

31 03, 2010

Unconditional But NOT Uninterested

By |2014-11-17T19:32:33-04:00March 31st, 2010|Easter|0 Comments

Easter is before us--the most compelling three days of human history. Here we see God's honor inseperable from God's goodness, God's justice being fulfilled in God's mercy, God's righteousness that condemns being the love that restores by surmounting even the obstacle of human disobedience. Easter is God's resolution to God's twin decrees that humanity will share in divine life (2 Peter 1:4) and that death must fall on transgressors of God's holy law (Romans 6:23). It would be monstrous were God's decree that sin shall merit death prove to be false. Justice must prevail for God to be God.

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