Time for a theology pop quiz!  Question one: What was the first thing we are told God gave to man in the book of Genesis?  Fortunately, there is just this one question.  Unfortunately, given the fact that most of you answered either a wife or the job to take care of creation, it is a…

This month we celebrate Thanksgiving. This past week I have found myself wishing that October would hurry up and the first three weeks of November would flash by in a blink and the wonderful, family and food filled week of rest and joy would be here! Somehow it is easier to be thankful when you…

This month churches all across America will have costume parties for kids.  Whether they are called “Fall Harvest Festivals” or “Reformation Day Parties,” kids will show up in fellowship halls from here to Maine dressed up as little ninjas, superheroes, goblins, firemen…  My all time favorite was when my youngest dressed up as a scuba…

From late July through August, the rumble of diesel engines is beginning its circuit from Texas to North Dakota as the bread basket of the Midwest yields its harvest.  If you have never seen them, the combines are a sight to behold.  Ideally suited to the plains, whether the high plains of Colorado or the…

Today you can buy any number of genetically designed seeds to grow any number of fruits and vegetables.  There are crosses between pears and apples, locally engineered boysenberries, drought resistant strains of nearly every plant, summer and winter wheats for the large crop farmers, and my personal favorite, seedless varieties of fruits!  But there are…

Wherever you are right now, take a minute and go get pencil and paper and try, as best you are able, to draw a hippo.  Seriously.  I know that half of you are not moving as you read this – go get a pencil and try to draw a hippo! Some time ago, one of…

This month we celebrate Mothers’ Day!  As we do, we will probably be thinking about how special and beloved our mothers are – and we certainly should think those things.  Our mothers are very dear gifts to us and we are grateful for them.  This month for our devotional thought, I would like for us…

Well, once again the season has come and gone and I have not taken the time to observe a behavior described in the scriptures in a most unusual manner.  The season I am referring to is the whale watching season.  The unusual description of their behavior is found in Psalm 104:25-6: “There is the sea,…

The great enemy of hope is not despair, it is pride. Despair may be the opposite of hope, but it is not its enemy. Despair doesn’t destroy hope, it simply takes over when hope has been dashed. While many things challenge our hope and would seek to reduce it to a fearful wishing that things…

<a href=”http://www.churchinthecanyon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/love-is-patient.jpeg”><img class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1052″ style=”margin-left: 40px; margin-bottom: 40px;” title=”love-is-patient” src=”http://www.churchinthecanyon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/love-is-patient-300×225.jpeg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”225″ /></a><strong>“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy…”</strong>  This description of love from 1 Corinthians is familiar to most of us.  Maybe too familiar!  This morning I would like to consider how strange it is to begin a description…

(Psalm 92:12 — January 2009) “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.” —Psalm 92:12 All analogies break down. Perhaps you have heard that before. This bit of common sense suggests that nothing is “exactly” like anything else – and so all comparisons are limited. Take this verse…

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