“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, you can make me clean.’ Then, Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:2-3

People have been paying attention to first impressions for years. More recently the general counsel of society is to reserve judgment so as to not put the other person in a box. Nevertheless, it’s hard to not want to make a good impression when interviewing for a job or meeting someone impor…

I have a friend that is emotionally invested in the Seattle Seahawks, a football team that plays in the National Football League. If you want to see someone full of joy, you need to see this guy when the Seahawks have a great play or win a game. Arms raised in triumph, dancing a jig, and sho…

Some readers may not be familiar with the Season of Lent, but they have heard of some of its rituals or traditions. It is known as the time of repentance and reconciliation, prayer and fasting. Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday, lasts six weeks and ends just before Easter.

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” Matthew 12: 34-35 (King James Version)

“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowle…

In the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean,” we learn that seafaring pirates had codes of conduct. This has always fascinated me because bad guys (pirates) are supposed to behave differently from good guys, which is what distinguishes the bad from the good. Those who keep the rules of society ar…

John the Baptist was an interesting character. We’re told he wore a cloak of camels hair, he lived out in the wilderness & that he ate wild honey and locusts. In the beginning of Matthew’s gospel, we read that people from the cities — Jerusalem, all Judea, and from all the region along t…

Psalm 145 is a Praise Psalm that begins with these words: “I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. One generation s…

What is forgiveness? On what basis does God forgive us? On what basis do we forgive others? How do we know if we are forgiven? And how do we know if we have forgiven someone? This will be a two-part article.

For many of us here on the island, our love must travel long distances. I live 3,000 miles away from my mother, yet I can feel her with me. I know that who I am and the work that I do come from the places in her heart.

When Jesus turned the water into wine, it was called the first of his miraculous signs. A sign is meant to communicate something to us. We look for signs to tell us many things, like what kind of store is in a building, the name of a street, or directions to a ferry. Jesus turned water into …

In July, my husband and I traveled up to Anchor Point near Homer to collect our new puppy. She was then a 7-week-old Red Siberian Husky. She is strong willed, stubborn and sweet. I had forgotten how difficult it can be to train a puppy, it has been 10 years since I have gone through this exp…

Leaves are changing color as the autumn begins. It is a sign of things to come — warmer jackets, shorter days, turning the heat on in the house. Many people love this time of year.  It is a season of inspiration and drawing our thoughts inward. If we chose to, we can take advantage of the qu…

Many of us have heard the term “Alpha and Omega” applied to God. It usually means that God is in the beginning and the end of all things — that God himself is the Beginning and the End. While I do believe that this is true, I once had an experience that placed this divine designation in a di…

Summer on our island is winding down; you can already feel it in the air. The children and their teachers will be going back to school. Vacations wrapping up. Football has begun.

It is impossible to come to the text of the Bible without preconceptions. Our language, our various cultures, our questions, our way of reasoning, what we have been taught, our history, all these and more will color what we read. Because of this, how we interpret the Bible will probably refl…

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.”  (1 John 3:21-22)

Snip, snip, snip, pinch, pinch, pinch, and snap, snap, snap goes the labor of the pruner. With eyes sharply focused, seeking out every hidden dead head blossom, dry stock, or sucker branch, we weave our way through the garden. At times the work requires going deeper to remove unruly diseased…

A story is told of a mother who brought her son into church one Sunday. The boy stood on the pew and the mother asked the little boy to sit down.

On June 22, 2019, we released our sweet friend, Clyde to his heavenly creator. Here is Clyde's story, as we know it.

Someone asked me recently if I ever tired of reading the Bible. I had to say no because of many years of reading the Bible and the oft-repeated experience of re-reading familiar passages only to be surprised by some new insight or challenge. I like to think of the stories of the Bible as an …

The training of a puppy is critically important to support proper behavioral development. We start with very short lessons with basic commands and encouragement that won’t overwhelm the dog. If we present ourselves with a calm spirit, give gentle direction, and firm but loving correction the…

As momentous and meaningful as the Feast of Pentecost is, it has not taken on the commercialism and money-making of Easter and Christmas.

At this time of the year, across the nation, hundreds and thousands of graduates will take hold of highly desired diplomas they have earned. Friends and family will flood auditoriums to cheer them on. They’ve all been anticipating this special moment in time; the end of one season in life an…

A few years ago, my sister and I were going through a closet in my mother’s house. Mom grew up in the Great Depression, and saved and reused almost everything that came into the house (at least it seemed that way).

Frequently I rise early to enjoy the peace of the morning and share time with the Lord. In the forefront of my view, in the tree closest to my window, hang two bird feeders, carefully placed to draw the birds as close as possible. After I settle myself into my comfortable chair, I sit and wa…

The cross has become the symbol of the Christian faith. You see crosses on churches, hanging from necks, and embossed onto book covers. Everywhere where Christians are you see crosses. Why is that?

In the early days of Christianity, Christians acquired the name “People of the Way,” indicating that these followers of Jesus were committed to following in the footsteps of Jesus. Just as the disciples lived and walked with Jesus to learn all they could from him, not only listening intently…

This weekend, people throughout the world are celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, when Irish heritage is celebrated by those whose ancestors came from Ireland and those with more sentimental links to that nation. As one who shares both Irish descent and Saint Patrick’s name, I’ve always taken a…

I want to be like a tree. In this troubled world I want to stand strong when difficulty blows my way. Where can I find security when bad news dominates the scene? I look at the trees standing tall and firm. They endure for decades and live productive lives. Nothing moves them. How do they do…

Many things in life can take our breath away — wind storm, a sunset, a rainbow. Last weekend there was something else in the air that took my breath away. I found it at the “Quilting in the Rain” show.

One short, four-letter word has the power to shoot like an arrow straight to our hearts. No other need stirs us as much as our desire for love. That is why our souls search for love, and for God. Some of us find love in giving and receiving gifts. Others find satisfying love in serving one a…

I recently visited my family in Minnesota where I had the good fortune to meet the newest member of the Anderson clan. Little Myla was one month old when I held her for the briefest of moments. I’ve always been amazed at newborns, observing their tiny fingers and toes, nose, eyes and ears. A…

Someone said, “To err is human and to forgive is divine.” We humans seem to err easily, but often need divine help to forgive. Have you ever struggled with forgiving someone? We all have. There are several reasons.

Happy New Year! The first day of the year has come and gone, many worshipers have already gathered to pray on the first weekend of the year, and workers have pushed through their first Monday morning routine. I can think of many more “firsts” coming up as the year 2019 unfolds. Some of them …