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Lie Down Until Morning
Reflections on Ruth, Part 4 “Then he (Boaz) said… ‘Lie down until morning… then she (Naomi) said, ‘Sit still, daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.’”  Ruth 3:13, 18 I want you…
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…
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),…
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…
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…
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…
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…
“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…
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…
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