Posts from December 2020

Posts from December 2020

December 30, 2020

Dear Friends, When His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray, Jesus responded with a model prayer that I find myself coming back to again and again in my own prayer life.  I memorized Matthew 6:9-13 long before I was converted.  It was part of the faith tradition in which I was raised.  I’m glad it was.  If you’ve never memorized what we call The Lord’s Prayer, make that your first resolution for 2021.  And if your kids…

December 23, 2020

Dear Friends, You can’t see them smiling under their masks, but you should know you made Christmas a little brighter this year for a lot of happy kids at David O’ Dodd Elementary School.  HAPPY KIDS!  Here’s a thank you to all of you from the kids!  Let me add a “thank you” from me as well.  I am so grateful for your generosity and your willingness to bless these neighborhood kids at Christmas! Speaking of Christmas, here’s how we…

December 16, 2020

Dear Friends, Let me show you what you did today.  You made a lot of kids smile and planted a lot of gospel seeds in young hearts. And together, we made a statement to a lot of moms and dads, a lot of teachers and staff at David O’ Dodd Elementary School. It began this week with a shopping adventure.  When you’re making plans to bless 170+ kids, you have to be strategic about when and where and how you shop. Next came the…

December 9, 2020

Dear Friends, We have a fig tree in our back yard.  It’s huge.  It has taken over the northwest corner of our lot, with a variety of twisty branches that offer essentially no canopy except for the very young person.  Meanwhile, the root structure for the tree protrudes from the ground, extending in all directions from the trunk of the tree. Our fig tree was not always as big as it is now.  I’m afraid it’s my fault the tree has grown…

December 2, 2020

Dear Friends, Do you think the Bible identifies any particular sin as the worst of all possible sins? While you ponder that, a quick review here: When we talk about sin, we’re talking about more than bad habits or moral lapses.  Sin, the Westminster Divines said, is “any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.”  In other words, sin is when we don’t do what God requires of us, or when we do what God forbids.  The Anglican Book…