Monthly Archives: April 2010

Where’s Jesus? Joseph reveals himself (Genesis 45)

 After all the family struggles, the revealing of past sins, and the effort expended to make a life, Joseph’s brothers are shocked at the behavior of Pharaoh’s second in command.  It is easy to imagine that such actions from a … Continue reading

Posted in Genesis, Hermeneutics, Where's Jesus

Heidelberg Catechism Devotional Q23

Q.23. What are these articles? A. I believe in God, the Father almighty,
 creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
      who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
      and born of the virgin … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Heidelberg Catechism

Thoughts on Goodness

Goodness: Again, the reader should be aware that this is the third post in a series related to the Fruit of the Spirit written by Stephen Winward. “The holy God, who is perfect goodness, requires his people to be holy; … Continue reading

Posted in Galatians, review

The girls baptism

Our daughters were baptized on Sunday.  In the reformed tradition, we believe that God’s promises are for us and our children, and that baptism is a sign that he will be at work in their lives calling them into covenant … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Kindness

Kindness: This first thing to catch my interest in this chapter of Winward’s Fruit of the Spirit was a quote from Quaker Stephen Grellet, “I expect to pas through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can … Continue reading

Posted in Galatians, review

Thoughts on Patience

I promised more comments on Winward’s Fruit of the Spirit.  Here they are.  Overall the book is excellent, a wonderful source for devotional reading and reflection on my life.  I have been reading through the 3 chapters on patience, kindness … Continue reading

Posted in Galatians, review

Where’s Jesus? Joseph’s beg for Benjamin’s Life (Genesis 44)

The Joseph stories are fascinating looks into human relationships and the emotional responses that are born out of these interactions. But even more than that, they place before us a picture of God and Christ.  This week, Joseph’s brothers return … Continue reading

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Thrilled with Butter Beans

Have you ever thought you struck it rich when you found a….butter bean in your soup bowl?  Tonight, both our Ethiopian girls were thrilled with their multi-bean soup.  They were eating away, until suddenly they stopped and gave giggles of … Continue reading

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Baptism and Adoption Liturgy

Mark Ruiter modified this liturgy from the CRC Grey Psalter Hymnal to relate baptism and adoption together.  We used this liturgy on April 18, 2010 to baptize Amariah Ruiter and GraceLynn and FaithAnne Roberts.  Feel free to use it or … Continue reading

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Who’s your Father? (Galatians 3:26-4:7)

“Whose your father?” he asked.  The child responded, “I am not sure.”  “But surely you live with a man in your hut.  What’s his name?” the missionary asked.  “His name is Masapi, but I am not sure if he is … Continue reading

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