River, Felicity, and of course Tovia

We continue to be so thankful for all the answered prayers for Miss Tovia. As you can see in this picture, she (as of today, Sunday) is tube-free. No more needles, no more tubes. She has gone to full bottle feeds, and our hope is that she can keep it up with out getting too…

Face Bread

As we considered the instructions for building the tabernacle, we noticed that there was to be a table overlaid in gold in the presence of Yahweh. It was to have “showbread” on it and was to be before Yahweh always (25:30). This showbread is literally “face bread,” and it perhaps derives its name from the…

Sixth Sunday in Easter: Exodus 25-26: Impressing God’s Pattern on the World

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, you are determined to build the kingdom of your Son in this world. We ask that as we consider the construction of the tabernacle, you would teach us wisdom to be faithful in the tasks you have given to us. Through Jesus, Amen! IntroductionRemember that the Covenant with God has to…

Given Dominion

As we celebrate the sixth Sunday in Easter today we’re looking forward to Ascension Sunday next Lord’s Day. This Thursday is Ascension Day proper (the fortieth day after the Resurrection), and we will mark the Ascension even more in our worship next Sunday. The Sunday after that is Pentecost, the fiftieth day after the Resurrection…

Tovia Closer to Home

God continues to be so kind to us and to our daughter Tovia. Tovia is now completely off all IVs and is at ‘full-feeds’ of mom’s milk. Another wonderful development was that she was transferred this last Friday back to the hospital she was born in, a closer, smaller hospital, allowing us to visit Tovia…

Drinking the Spirit

Earlier we considered what St. Paul says about the Holy Spirit baptizing all believers into one body. In the same place, Paul says that we have all been made to drink into one Spirit as well. Given the fact that Paul has already mentioned baptism and in the previous chapter has had an extended discussion…

Sudden Urges to Love

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul says that it is the Holy Spirit who has baptized all sorts of people into one body. And he insists that a body must have different members, different parts. If it doesn’t have different parts it’s not a body. But the tragedy in many churches is that we tend to…

Tovia the Political Analyst

In this picture, Tovia is clearly wondering about who she would vote for in the coming presidential election or probably more likely why she has to vote for any of them. Either that or why Dad is taking another picture. Thank you so much for the many prayers that have been offered for Tovia over…

This is the Covenant

“And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you according to all these words. Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel… So they saw God, and they ate and…

Fourth Sunday in Easter: Exodus 23-24: The God Who Draws Us Near

Opening Prayer: Almighty and merciful God, we bow before you now as our only God, our only strength, our only savior. Grant that we might be taught by your word, and give us hearts and minds and bodies that are receptive and obedient to your word. Through Jesus, your Word, Amen! IntroductionToday we consider the…