Putting Jesus into Practice

“Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."- Matthew …

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tree trouble, grandchildren, beard news, and Max #PhotoFriday

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today."Jesus - Matthew 6:34 - a new look for the back of my parents' home! So I was heading out to my car during Wednesday's rain when a movement caught my peripheral vision and I turned to watch …

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Love is a Severe Mercy

Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us. - Matthew 6:12Love is a severe mercy. Love is costly, and we are called to follow Jesus in love. Love is never taken, it can only be given; and love can never be imposed, it must be …

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When we pray, “Your Kingdom come…”

Jesus responded, “Every scholar of the Scriptures, who is instructed in the ways of heaven’s kingdom realm, is like a wealthy home owner with his house filled with treasures both new and old.” - Matthew 13:52 Yesterday, preparing for my Sunday morning class, I thought about how much I enjoy the focus of our Saturday …

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My first bird photos of the winter – enjoy!

So birds. I haven't had the time lately to watch and take photos. But yesterday and today there has been such a flurry of activity around our feeder I had to set aside five minutes and grab some photographs. My favorite shots are action. Birds in the air - flying, landing, taking off - are …

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The Prayer of Jesus – a paraphrase for today

One writing/devotional discipline I sometimes practice is that of paraphrasing scripture and responding to what I hear from God in my own words. The result gives me the benefit of mining the message a little more deeply, and applying it to my own life. Once in a while what comes out is worth sharing. I …

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