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Excitement in Bethlehem – Reflections on Ruth

Excitement in Bethlehem

Reflections on Ruth, Part 3 “Now the two of them (Naomi and Ruth) went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them and the women said, ‘Is this Naomi?’” Ruth 1:19 “Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the […]

Meeting Your Redeemer on the Threshing Floor – Reflections on Ruth

Meeting Your Redeemer on the Threshing Floor

Reflections on Ruth, Part 2 “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean the threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.” Luke 7:17 “So, she (Ruth) went down to the threshing floor, and she came softly and uncovered his (Boaz’s) […]

He Hears Our Cry – Reflections on Ruth

He Hears Our Cry

Reflections on Ruth, Part 1 “But she said to them, ‘Do not call me Naomi (pleasant), call me Mara (bitter), for the Lord has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full and the Lord has brought me home empty.”  Ruth 1:20-21 “Also, he (Boaz) said (to Ruth), ‘Bring the shawl that is on […]

Eastertide: Celebrating 50 days of JOY

Eastertide: Celebrating 50 days of JOY

Eastertide: Celebrating 50 days of Joy By Kim Stewart, Director of Formational Ministries A few years ago, a friend introduced me to a season in the liturgical church calendar that I wasn’t familiar with—Eastertide. Eastertide are the days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday. I was curious! Over the course of this season, I watched […]

The Invitation of Lent 

The Invitation of Lent

The Invitation of Lent  by Kim Stewart, Director of Formational Ministries Several years ago, I participated in a 9-month prayer journey with a small group led by my spiritual director/mentor. The 9-month journey followed the prayer experiences of Ignatius of Loyola. I was curious so I said yes. I longed to know Jesus more deeply […]

The Spirituality of Juneteenth

Juneteenth Freedom Day church

Why celebrate Juneteenth in church? Just as we are to bear one another’s burdens in Christ, we are also to celebrate every joy.  When the back of oppression in the natural realm is broken over any image bearer of God or ethnic group of image bearers, we celebrate! No human is to be oppressed by […]

Identity

Silhouette of a man and his son looking into the distance during sunset.

Identity by Gary Dietrich I am a child of God My feelings don’t dictate this The word of God says it is true I have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior Father says I am in the family I am a son forever I am now a son of God My mind can’t change the […]

Christmas Blog Week 3: Mary

“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth […]

Christmas Blog Week 2: The Shepherds

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I […]

Christmas Blog Week 1: The Wise Men

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV)  If […]

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