Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Look at 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 for this Sunday

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 This is one of those defining moments in the life of Samuel. He is faced with the difficulty of anointing a new king over Israel, all while Saul is still alive and still holding the reins of power. Samuel is faithful to God, but wrestles with God about his assignment. His response […]

“How to Stay Positive When Everything is Negative”

“How to Stay Positive When Everything around You is Negative” 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Delivered to Church for the Highlands, Sunday, June 10, 2012 Audio Podcast is here

Haiku for this Sunday’s Texts

1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20 If only we had A king we can hear and see Wanting less than best ——————————- Psalm 138 Your hand all stretched out Finding God on other end Whole heart and bowed head ——————————– 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Inward renewal Hope is here now and later Key to heart well kept ——————————- […]

Psalty Hatfields and McCoys

Psalm 138 I recently watched the History Channel’s Hatfields and McCoys show, starring Kevin Costner. It was a three-part series about the feuding family who quickly became a household name for familial rivalry and violence. The show depicts the decade long war as the result of the two fathers from each family, dating back to […]

God Has a Better Plan

1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20 It seems like we always want what we don’t have. Our lust for what our neighbor has is a passion further enflamed by the messages coming at us constantly (yes, like here on my blog page ads), drawing our eyes to what is shiny and new. This lust is nothing new […]

Intending Outcomes or Reacting to Life?

Choices for Happiness I am attending the Volunteers of America National Conference this weekend in Tampa, FL. One of the workshops I attended today was led by Dr. Juliet Spencer, Pastor of St. Andrew’s United Methodist in Baton Rouge, LA She gave a presentation of choices we have for happiness, based on How We Choose […]

Lectionary Haiku

Haikuing this Sunday’s lectionary texts   Isaiah 6:1-8 Hot coal in the air Whole lot of shakin goin’ on Here am I send me.   Psalm 29 A breaking cedar Echoes in the wilderness Speech patterns of God   Romans 8:12-17 No songs of slavery An Agent for adoption A call to Papa John 3:1-17 […]