I was at the top of the world. I was hanging big in my domain, at the top of the highest tree. I wasn’t worried about pesky squirrels or other furry creatures getting to me. I was snuggled comfortably in my outer shell, a blanket of warmth and protection. But my blanket began to crack.… Continue reading The Little Walnut
Warning. This is a political topic. Take heart. This is not a political rant. Stay with me. Tuesday, Attorney General Barr went before a House committee for a hearing. Both red and blue congressmen and congresswomen got their say in, and they all said a lot. Prewritten speeches, twisted questions, political slams, and direct innuendoes.… Continue reading Who is this all about?
The final psalm in this journey of songs. And it is a super powerful ending. Not just powerful, but super powerful. This psalmist has hit an emotional high that each of us should connect with. The journey has been long. You’ve passed through treacherous places - dangerous by the surroundings as well as the sinister… Continue reading The Variety of Worship Expressions — All To Bless The Lord
Prelude: a few weeks back we started to look at the Ascent Psalms. However, we stopped after 12 of the 15 Psalms. So today, we pick back up with the 13th, Psalm 132. So we are headed to worship. And these 15 Psalms prepare our hearts and minds for worship. And this is the longest,… Continue reading Promises We Hold On To
The neighborhood was rough and crime in the area was real. So the church took safety precautions. During services, the doors would be shut and locked preventing any kind of entry. An usher would remain on the outside to observe and stand watch. But what happened next was not what you expect. Read the article… Continue reading Enemies at the Gate
We are getting ready to open our doors for worship again. It’s been almost two months since we’ve been inside to worship together. Oh we’ve done the drive-ins, online, streaming .... but not together in the sanctuary. The Ascent Psalms are part of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Torah gives several feasts, festivals, and fasts.… Continue reading Worship … Taking In the Sights and Sounds
This week I am looking at comparisons while in lockdown mode - yesterday was fear vs focus. There is a cute (?) YouTube clip out there of a little child eating ice cream. They’re laughing and then they flip - they give the Evil Eye look. Though the video is over 12 years old, and… Continue reading Pleasure vs Pest
Keeping it simple this Friday. No matter where you are, you can worship God. Stuck in a flat alone - worship. In a country ranch with kids driving you crazy - sing praises. Quarantined in a retirement village - give thanks. In front of an empty sanctuary - extol His name. Walking in the woods… Continue reading Worship Where You Are
A few years back, while in Dallas, there was a run on gasoline. Lines began to form - blocks long. Prices began to spike. And people began to panic. Now true, a slow moving storm was headed for Houston. And when it hit, it hit hard. but there was never going to be a real… Continue reading Purell, Paper Goods & Paranoia
Stay with me ... three parts will come together. Part One ... my life, my wife. Do you have a song? A song that makes you think of your wife? I do. And it is the most popular, longest lasting hit of the Commodores ... Brick House. Before my church members get pitchforks to run… Continue reading She’s a Brick House … Could this be the song for worship Sunday?