Is There Joy?

A few days before Christmas, as I was walking from the parking ramp where I’d left my car to the hospital, I saw a patient transport vehicle leaving another parking garage. The driver hollered out the window, so I walked back to where they were, noticing the passenger in the front seat wanted to say […]

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Thoughts and Prayers in a Box

I was placing an office supplies order at work and searching through available items to help some of the family members of our hospital patients pass the time while in crisis. I came across a ready-made box titled “Thoughts and Prayers.” What an incredibly handy item to be able to order! I checked the contents: […]

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One Heart and One Soul

Acts 4:32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. (NRSV)   Today, I went to a chapel service.  I’m traveling, and could have easily attended church anywhere in the city, but […]

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The Word became flesh

A good friend of ours read scripture during the Sunday service a few weeks ago. I was affected by her very good reading——affected both cognitively and emotionally. She read well, and her voice of faith resonated with me in a sense of faithful solidarity.  This person was well-selected, mind you. She’s taught biblical languages for […]

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Hard Hearts

  Today’s post is from the Rev. Brad Kautz .  Brad Kautz is the pastor of the Jicarilla Apache Reformed Church, a ministry of the RCA in Dulce, NM, on the reservation of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. He serves there with his wife Robin, and children Kat, Xander and Junior. Brad and Robin also have four adult […]

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No Brainer –

Today’s post is from the Rev. Brad Kautz .  Brad Kautz is the pastor of the Jicarilla Apache Reformed Church, a ministry of the RCA in Dulce, NM, on the reservation of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. He serves there with his wife Robin, and children Kat, Xander and Junior. Brad and Robin also have four adult children […]

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Peace and Justice

Belhar Confession We believe that God has revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people; that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged; In a month, I have a trip […]

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Love

John 3:16-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved […]

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Joy

10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.  (John 15:10-11 (NRSV))   Joy has not been my companion […]

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