A Mother’s Day Wish

It was Mother’s Day and Mrs. Kiesler was hoping that her son would make an impromptu visit.  It was strange that he hadn’t visited the family last year, not even for Christmas.  The church probably couldn’t do without him.  Her heart filled with pride.  Her son, the priest. 48 Words This was written for the …

Call on the Lord’s Name

And whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved - Acts 2:21, MEV iStock Photo The apostle Paul further explains why by calling on the name of Jesus, a person will be saved. In his letter to the Romans, he wrote, "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe …

Beauty For Ashes

to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praiseinstead of a spirit of despair - Isaiah 6:2, 3, NIV Free Images Photo When I read this scripture verse, I think of this …

Keep Your Heart

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.  Let your eyes look straight ahead,And your eyelids look right before you.  Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.  Do not turn to the right …

God’s Call to Love Others

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.  Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother’ - Zechariah 7:9-10, NKJV How we treat others is very important to God. He doesn't ask …

Confessions

I sat there in the confessional booth wondering if I was committing blasphemy. I was a priest, yes but I was also a man and I was doing something which the Bible says only God should be doing--forgiving sins. The only people I should be forgiving are those who have wronged me. That's what it …

Aaron Goes to Church

I'm sitting across the street from where Jully's church is. I'm very nervous. It's the first time she will see me with my hair cut low. One look at me and she will know that I have black in me. Up to now she still thinks that I'm Asian and now she's going to find …

The Face of Jesus

I remember how I felt when I gazed down into the little face of my newborn son over 13 years ago. No words can accurately describe the love which stirred inside me. I think of how Mary and wonder how she felt when she looked upon the face of Jesus. Did she see the face …

A New Lease on Life

Some years ago, I was down in the dumps because I found out that my girlfriend, Rachel was cheating on me. I was hurt and livid. After I tore into her, I left her flat and drove for how long, I don't remember. I was tempted to go to a bar and get plastered but …

At the Community Center

Hank was sitting on the bench at the community center when Anaïs walked over to him. "Hello, Pastor Hank." "Hello, Anaïs." "I didn't expect to run into you here but I'm glad I did. I'm here to sign up for a Fitness Kickboxing class." "That's great. I'm here because I teach Vegan and Vegetarian cooking …

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