When was the last time you said grace? I'm not talking about that brief prayer of thanks at mealtime. When was the last time you actually spoke grace to another person?
I don't know about anyone else, but I have been enjoying the recent warm, sunny days. Largely because I indulged myself in a toy – 1980 motorcycle! So my mode of transportation on these nice days has been missing since the early 1980s. Enjoying the feeling of the sun, the wind and the power of the bike has been great...with a few exceptions.
I think there are three questions at the very center of faith: Who is God? Who are we? And what does God want from us? Everything else seems to follow from there.
The Enumclaw and Buckley senior centers are offering a free, innovative, 10-week health and wellness program to residents 55 and older.
Russell Wilson, popular quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, has come out with a new clothing line, Good Man Brand. Evidently he wants guys to dress like he dresses – casual elegance. I guess Ciara likes that look! Clothes say something about a person, don't they?
Sex isn't the answer. That should be obvious by now, but in our adolescent culture we can't seem to grasp the obvious, so we suffer the consequences. Like a drug addict who keeps going back to the stuff that's killing them, we chase romance as if it's religion and desirability as if it's a virtue. It's not just men who buy the lie but women as well, vainly imagining that there is real power in allure, and so we cultivate our appearance to that end. But it's a road to nowhere, both now and forever.
We're in the middle of Holy Week today.
The following is written by Keith Marshall of Hope Lutheran Church:
Politics, politics, politics. Seems like everything in the news, or on social media, is about politics right now. It isn’t surprising, I guess, during an election year. But with so much interest being shown in the candidates and the electoral process, I thought it only normal to talk about cooking.
The following was written by Marcus Kelley at New Life Foursquare:
The following is written by Steve Strombom of Enumclaw Nazarene:
Feb. 10 marked the beginning of Lent for 2016. Lent is the 40-day period that culminates in Easter. In many churches, the first day of Lent is called Ash Wednesday. There is often a simple, quiet service where we are to reflect upon our own spiritual journey and the path that Jesus took leading to his crucifixion and resurrection. Some people receive a mark of the cross on their forehead, symbolizing dying to sin and rising again to new life.
February through April is the traditional time for pruning fruit trees. Winter is also a good time to work on ornamental trees because it is easier to determine what needs to be pruned before new leaves begin to grow.
How would you feel if you were in this situation? Suppose you are in a serious dating relationship. So serious the two of you are talking about getting married. You tell your beloved that when you marry, you will come into some significant money, a trust fund. Your sweetheart replies: “Really? No matter, because I love you for who you are, not for what you have or may have.”
State shellfish managers have proposed two days of razor clam digging in February at Copalis beach in addition to an approved a month-long opening at Long Beach that starts today.
Peter was wrestling with a decision – should he go or should he remain? If he stays he is safe. The comfort of the vessel he was in kept him from the elements, he was with those he knew and he was a fisherman so being there in the boat was familiar and expected.
So, what’s going on is, I’m exploring my way through the life of Jesus, through the perspective of the Apostle John, in his Gospel record. John has an interesting and unique take on who this Jesus was and I like it – well, sometimes I like it, and sometimes it’s rather alarming!
The Bible says that near the end times there will be wars and rumors of wars. We must be nearing the end because it seems people are willing to fight over just about anything and everything. Now, in the beginning of the 21st century, right at Christmas time, the season of peace, we have (drumroll please) The Greeting Wars.
1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love” (NRSV).
Stuck in a dead-end job and strapped for money, Kyle MacDonald came up with an improbable plan: starting with one red paperclip, he would trade on the Internet until he exchanged it for a house.