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Doing justice slow in a fast-paced world

Proverbs 19:2 reminds us that desire or passion without knowledge leads to no good end. In a fast-paced world where issues of injustice pop up on our news screens incessantly, this is bad news. We are surrounded by tidbits of knowledge on horrific situations around the world and have access to various quick and easy [...]

Jesus and Compassion

In the gospels, we read of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with a simple meal of bread and fish. So often, I have looked at this as simply one of His great miracles. It certainly is that. However, I’d like to look at the “why” behind the miracle.
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Crisis in Haiti

Please, pray for the people of Haiti as they face the devastation of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. Let’s not be silent as we go before the throne of grace with confidence. Let’s allow ourselves to enter into the pain of these people and in so doing, allow the Holy Spirit to guide our prayer and [...]

Given it up to Jesus

At the dinner table tonight, I was updating my husband on all the latest news from our local area and around the world. We talked about the situation in Iran as explained to me by my friend, a former refugee from Iran, now citizen of the US. We talked about the Karen-Burmese children who have [...]

Redistribution of Wealth

I have recently heard a lot of comments from fellow believers on the issue of redistribution of wealth, and I am disturbed. I should start out by saying that I do not agree with the idea that it is the government’s role to redistribute wealth. So, my concern and frustration at people’s reactions is not [...]

"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.' If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." -Isaiah 58:6-12