We can make faith so very, very, very complicated. But when he was asked what was the most important commandment, Jesus answered simply: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your mind," and "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Fabulously straightforward! And deeply challenging.
Love God with everything that is in you, and love the people around you with the same kind of love you have for yourself.
I hope the postings on this site will help you to... Love God. Understand Yourself. Serve Others. If we can live like that, there is no telling what God can do through us!
May God bless you and yours, this day and always!
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Dreaming of Peace
[Transcript of a sermon delivered at Plantation UMC on February 11, 2018.] Peace. Up there with a cure for cancer and winning the lottery, it is one of the things people pray for the most. Peace for our world. Peace … Continue reading
Down to Earth Christmas
Text from the Christmas Eve message at Plantation UMC. I don’t remember how young I was the first time I went to a Christmas Eve service. Probably 7 or 8 years old. My family didn’t attend church, but on Christmas … Continue reading
A Down to Earth Trust
Isaiah 40:6-11 (New Living Translation) A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field. The grass withers and the flowers fade … Continue reading
Posted in Advent Tagged Christmas, God, God's Love, Jesus, Joseph, Mary, obedience, trust Leave a comment
Joseph – week 1, day 1
In the church I serve — Plantation United Methodist Church — we’re beginning a new sermon series, Broken Chains, based on the story of Joseph in Genesis. It’s a fascinating story of a family that lived almost 4,000 years ago, … Continue reading
Posted in Pondering Scripture Tagged family, God, Joseph 1 Comment
John 4:7-15 (New Revised Standard Version) A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is … Continue reading
Posted in Lent Tagged faith, gift, God, God's Love, grace, hope, Jacob's Well, Jesus, judgment, Living Water, love, Messiah, Photina, Samaritan Woman, shame, St Photina, thirst, water, Woman at the Well 3 Comments
Prayer – Fort Lauderdale Shooting
By now you most likely have heard about the shooting today at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. Just last night, I was there, picking up my husband. The baggage claim area is usually a place of happy tourists and reunited families. … Continue reading
Posted in Personal Tagged Fort Lauderdale, God, God's Love, grace, love, prayer, shooting, violence 2 Comments
Risen from the Dead
Matthew 27:57-61 (New Living Translation) As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him Joseph … Continue reading
Posted in Lent, Pondering Scripture Tagged death, Easter, fear, God, God's Love, grave, grief, Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, life, loss, love, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Matthew, Matthew 27, Pilate, rebirth, resurrection, tree Leave a comment
Amos 7:7-8 (New International Version) This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, … Continue reading
Posted in Pondering Scripture Tagged Amos 7, correction, God, imperfection, judgment, plumb line, tool 1 Comment
2 Kings 12:1-3 (New International Version) In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. Joash did what was right in the eyes of … Continue reading
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Taking No Chances
Jonah 3:7-8 (Today’s New International Version) Then the king issued a proclamation in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or … Continue reading
Posted in Jonah, Pondering Scripture Tagged forgiveness, God, grace, Jonah, regret, response, Word Leave a comment