The Spirit of the Law

  By David Goree Psalm 119:9-16 My cousin Brian is a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, which is one step below the Oklahoma Supreme Court.  (Please pardon the bragging in my blogging.) Last week, Brian gave me a tour of the appellate courtroom and offices and explained the process by which the…

God’s Steadfast Love

By Ed Twedt Psalm 107:1-16 Reading recently about the history of Lent, it appears that there is no agreement among scholars about the exact origin and development of Lent, but there is agreement about what it means to us today.  It is a time of fasting, reflection on who and what we are and getting…

Love Beyond Words

By Jennie Mayes Psalm 19 Have you ever tried to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you? Last year, our family had the privilege of hosting an exchange student from France.  Bettina was in the United States to learn English and the directives we received were to speak only English to…

No Shame

By Mike Elliot Psalm 25:1-10 “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without…

Banking

By Glen Schmucker It’s time to do some banking today. The nice thing is that I don’t have to take time out of my schedule to go to the bank. I can do it all with my smart phone. I’ll take a picture of the checks, tap a button and it’s done. That’s not including…

Love

By Chris Rogers 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Merry Christmas! Or even better yet, Joyous Christmas! And even better still, Loving Christmas! Today’s reading is the Bible’s classic Love Chapter. The classic it is, but it is never, ever static, nor shall it ever be! Worthy of being etched in marble? Most certainly! Old, dead, passé, irrelevant,…

Behind the Gift

By Randy Edwards 1 Peter 1:8 As children, we gain lot of joy from receiving Christmas gifts. Gifts all wrapped up and placed carefully under the tree. Gifts about which we can wonder and guess and get all excited! Gifts which, on Christmas morning, we can tear into to finally discover all the fun stuff…

Joy

By Norm Dugas Psalm 40:1-6 “Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King.” Most of the time, we experience joy for very individual reasons. My team wins the big game and I am joyful (just not this year). In this case, my joy may be another person’s heartbreak. Family brings…

Many Ways

[youtube height=”315″ width=”560″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdAZ79AhcfY[/youtube]   By Nikki Blair Last week for my birthday I received a gift that every 39-year-old dreams of. Or maybe just every person who was 4 in 1978–if it still were 1978. That is: an album of Mr. Rogers songs. Okay, it’s not 33-rpm vinyl like it would have been in ’78; it’s…

Anointing the Body

I was recently at a funeral for the elderly relative of a dear friend. It was a beautiful service – Scripture readings and songs from the woman’s great-grandchildren, glorious choral and congregational music, and moving eulogies by both her daughters. Lois Jeane had been a lifelong Christian who brought her husband to faith and raised…