Contributed on Sep 2, 2009
The effects of the current financial crisis are weighing heavy on the lives of many; but we must not allow ourselves to be controlled by fear, because the Scriptures and our faith in God reassure us that we are going to be all right.
Since the middle of the 20th century, every piece of US Currency has printed on it the national motto, “In God We Trust.” Yet how many of us, when we pull a bill out of our wallets to pay a balance due, are gripped not by the confidence borne of faith, but rather by a sense of fear? We find ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2009
Shaping lives of satisfaction in response to God’s blessings and call to generosity.
I think it is fair to say that we have all experienced restlessness rather frequently in our lives. Sometimes we get restless waiting in line at the grocery store. Or maybe we get restless when we’ve got an appointment and the laundry isn’t quite finished drying. Perhaps we experience ...read more
Contributed on Sep 16, 2009
As Christians, our life mission is reflected in part through our generosity; this is why we are called to return to God a portion of God’s blessings to us.
I am in the midst of reading a book written by a Chaplain of the Maine State Warden Service. In her book, Here If You Need Me, Kate Braestrup describes her encounters serving as the spiritual presence in the Warden Service, and raising four children as a single mother after the death of her ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2009
God has made us to be generous, and through our generosity we are changed and the world is transformed.
As I begin this morning, I want to invite each of us into a few moments of reflection. I would like each of you to recall, as best as possible, the moment in your life when you were happiest. But even more than happiness, try to call to mind that time in your life when you knew the most ...read more