Black-eyed Susan, native to North America, had its beginning on the Great Plains from Eastern Colorado to the Mississippi River, from Oklahoma into the Canadian provinces.
I wonder if the biggest issue we face today is a lack of imagination. We get stuck in rigid patterns, thinking that there is only one way to approach any challenge.
It was a quick, foolhardy decision born of a country girl who wanted to see more of the world than pasture fences, cows and hayfields. I came to regret it during all the nights I cried, homesick for all of that as well as the bullfrogs, crickets and dirt roads.
The complex problems of our world, crime, hate, prejudice, rape, carjackings, drive by shootings, terrorism, robbery, burglary, you name it, all have a common source. Jesus identifies that source for us.
When we look for those examples of love, when we become those examples of love, be ready for what can happen to our lives. Be ready for what can happen to our world.
Isaiah 35:1-2 reads “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing:… they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.”
If what Jesus taught us about life after death is true, if you are under a minister who only gives you “the good news,” you are risking an eternity of suffering for a temporary blissfulness.
The three of them were waiting at the church door when I drove up that afternoon. A mother with her two older teenage sons. She didn’t speak any English, but she had a bathroom emergency.
Folks who have been around church life for any length of time can often testify that the doors might be locked and the windows slammed shut, yet the devil will still manage to get inside. Call it a church split. Call it a church fight. Call it the topic of the latest book written by Conyers author Dr. Joe Lester.
Some of us find joy by taking time from our busy lives to observe the fascinating creation God has provided. From today’s wildflower we can observe the great diversity of God’s creation and how we are enriched by that. Diversity as a given in nature should lead us to recognize that the diver…
The Wildflower Kingdom, in all its diversity, is dwarfed by the uniqueness of the individuals that make up the 7.5 billion people that inhabit the earth.
One of the very few things I remember from my high school chemistry class is that a compound is the result of several elements that are brought together.
I stood in front of my congregation last Sunday and tried to find the words to respond to the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. They felt woefully incomplete.
A friend of mine posted a meme on social media: “Nothing can separate you from the love of God, not your gender identity nor your gender expression nor your sexual orientation.”
Too many go ahead and do what they want to do, even what they know is wrong or questionable. They prefer to rely on God’s forgiveness rather than to risk God telling them “no” and their missing out on doing it.
I believe the evidence both internal and external points to the fact that what we have contained in our modern Bibles is much more than just lucky guesses by insightful men but has the mark of supernatural guidance.
We all need the words and routines that remind us that there is a deeper meaning to life, that there is a God who loves us and cares for us and surrounds us with grace and mercy.