Advent 2022 Fourth Sunday: With Us

My advent mediations are inspired by my recent study of 2 Corinthians which ended with a beautiful benediction—the only one that mentions all three persons of the Trinity. First, I looked at grace, then love, and fellowship. Today we focus on God with us.

Give the Gift of Good Listening

Each month I write a post for for their women's blog: Engage. I am reposting this article for my Pondered Treasures readers because I believe so much in the power of effective listening.

Unnecessary Burdens or Freedom to Love?

The Pharisees put rules upon rules around the Ten Commandments in an attempt to guard against breaking them. But Jesus shares our yoke and carries our loads.

Since God Loves Us, We Love Him Back by Loving Others

On April 5, 2022, I gave my third message to the women of my church Bible study on Matthew 20–22. Here is a written version of my message or you may watch the video.

What About Jesus Overturning the Temple Tables?

"I like the Jesus who overturned the tables most of all," my colleague said. I think he was being a tad facetious, but there is also truth in his words. I hear folks using this incident in the gospels as a justification for anger or acting ugly. So what does it really mean?

You Are the Last One Hired

Jesus tells a parable about a landowner who hires workers for his vineyard (Matthew 20:1–16). Who are you in the story?

Filled With Grief

The second time Jesus predicted his death, the disciples were filled with grief. Some say that if they had understood and trusted Jesus, they would not have been sad. But I’m not so sure.

Offended by Jesus

Participating in God’s kingdom means we expect him to be unexpected and aren’t offended by him. Instead, we are happy and well off.