Confession and Prayer Brings Healing – James 5:13-16

Until a few months ago some of my cousins had been out of touch with each other for decades. When two of them recently moved to Lane County, we arranged to meet at the Camas Country Mill and Bakery. It didn’t take us long to find ourselves delighted with all things old, the ancient schoolhouse … Continue reading Confession and Prayer Brings Healing – James 5:13-16

Judging Others – Luke 6:37

Do you size people up when you walk into a room? I do. It's important to be aware of our surroundings, but sometimes I take it too far. A few years ago, I took in a scene at a pizza restaurant and passed judgment on a woman I'd never met. Our three boys marched between the tables, their pace accelerating … Continue reading Judging Others – Luke 6:37

Jesus and Questionable People – John 4

Who are the people you don't want to associate with? Those who seem to reject healthy values and show little respect for themselves or for others? Those who are generally negative? Or those who don't seem interested in learning from their mistakes, but only deteriorate as they go through life? Jesus talked to a woman … Continue reading Jesus and Questionable People – John 4

How to Manage Guilt – Psalm 32

Haven't we all entertained thoughts like these? I know some would say what I did was wrong, but hey, it wasn't that bad. I didn't hurt anyone. Somehow it's twisting my perspective and messing with me, but I just have an overactive conscience.  Psalm 32 offers healthier thinking. "I acknowledged my sin to you, and I … Continue reading How to Manage Guilt – Psalm 32

The Good, the Bad, and the … – Psalm 28

Crying for justice, the writer of Psalm 28 says, "Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back on them what they deserve. Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord and what his hands have done, he will tear … Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the … – Psalm 28