Letting go is a good and necessary part of life, and yet, it is challenging, as we are often forced into the process unexpectedly. It is a time of saying goodbye, getting rid of stuff we don’t need, and it is where our plans, disappointments, dreams and life collide with trust in God.
In Matthew 4, we read that the crowds followed Jesus as he taught and healed them. In chapter 5, which includes what are called the Beatitudes, we see that Jesus seeks to distance himself from the following mob, to get together with his disciples to teach them about how to behave in their ow…
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Zion Lutheran Church Pastor Mike Williams saw Thursday’s prayer vigil as a statement of unity — for a community that has been spared of the physical toll of the coronavirus pandemic, but has not escaped the economic consequences.
No doubt, these are some crazy times with COVID-19, but I think for those who walk with God, we have a magnificent opportunity right now. The big key at this time is where our mind is fixed.
Its words were sung by Jesus and His Disciples as they journeyed from the Last Supper on their way to the Mount of Olives. It was also a favorite Psalm of Martin Luther who proclaimed it “nearest to my heart” of all the Psalms.
Thinking about Good Friday, Easter and all the things going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, I have discovered some things they have in common: threats, death, trust and overcoming.
In times like these, we are reminded of what is always true but often forgotten — we stand on the promises of God. One great promise is Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
As the Lenten season ends with “Holy Week,” which began last Sunday, Palm Sunday, Christians have accompanied Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem, including the last supper with his disciples on Thursday, when churches observe the sacrament of communion — (this year individually at home).
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” begins the famous one-of-a-kind opening sentence of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.”
The longer I walk with God, the more I realize I need a fresh revelation of His love for me in challenging times. Most of us could use an upgrade when it comes to comprehending God’s love for us.
This Sunday, March 29, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, marks 21 days before Easter. In some traditions, it is observed as a time to rejoice, similar to the third Sunday of Advent, when the pink candle signifies a time where, in the midst of penitence and somberness, Christians are reminded to rejo…
Have you transitioned from condemning to caring, from renouncing sinners to receiving them? These are important questions for all Christians to consider. It’s one of the radical changes that happened to Matthew once Jesus rocked his world with “Follow Me!” The story jets ahead from the small…
Students at St. Peter’s Episcopal School have been busy with a variety of events, including a Texas Independence Day celebration and a visit from the Cat in the Hat.
Before he began Sunday’s worship service, senior pastor David Payne addressed the issue weighing on the congregation of Kerrville’s First United Methodist Church.
The city of Kerrville will soon have a permanent tie to the city of Jerusalem, thanks to the collaboration between both countries and a concerted effort by many.
Perhaps one of the most commonly quoted Biblical statements is what is known as the Golden Rule. In Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 7, verse 12, are the words of Jesus: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you, for this is the law and the prophets”
Tax-collectors were despised during the time of Jesus. These parasitic extorters were considered traitors to God and country, Jewish men who were hired by Rome to extract all manner of taxes from their own people.
“Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have visited your servant.” And they said, “So do, as you have said.” (Genesis 18:4-5)
Many churches will be observing Transfiguration Sunday this Sunday as Peter, James and John had a vision of being led up into a mountain top experience in the presence of Jesus.
In an article in First Things by Matthew Schmitz, the writer quotes President Barack Obama saying in 2018, “We live in a time of increasing disillusionment with the liberal democratic order,” which he traced to a trend that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril the loss of meaning an…
Scott Van Klaveren had been running the chain at Tivy High School football games since 1998, so there wasn’t a reason to believe doing so on Oct. 25 would be much different. But as fate would have it, he nearly died that day.
The term “Evangelical Christians” is often misunderstood and misused to describe a cohort of right-wing white supremacist religionists who our president identifies as his supporters and who have adapted to or agreed with his personal values.
I was recently talking with a lady in our church. Because of circumstances in her life, she has been pondering God’s power. As we know from the New Testament, when a person is “born of the Spirit,” the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within that person permanently. And since the Holy Spirit is fu…
Walking through the house, I glanced toward the kitchen and decided to grab a cup of coffee. I placed my cup under the Keurig, pressed “brew,” then turned to answer my phone. Turning back, I wondered what in the world had happened. The counter was flooded with coffee.
Area women of all ages are invited to a retreat, “Joy in the Journey,” set for Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 135 Methodist Encampment Road.
After a week of selling baked goods on campus, Our Lady of the HIlls Regional Catholic High School students raised $695.89 for The Pregnancy Resource Center, and the Knights of Columbus pledged to match their donation.
In Chapter 12 of the Gospel of Mark, some Pharisees came to Jesus to test him and said to him, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and …
“God in three Persons, blessed Trinity,” expresses the refrain of “Holy, Holy, Holy,” which has been called the greatest hymn of all time.
In his Letter to the Ephesian Church, Paul admonishes from prison the unity of the Body of Christ. These words from the 4th chapter speak to the churches of our day as well:
Louada Raschke Ministries will host Fire and Glory Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center.