Scripture Index

Genesis  Genesis 1:28, 31 Pretending Doesn’t Make it So


Genesis 1:28  The Climate of Homespun Truths

Genesis 1:26  Planning for a Healthy World

Genesis 1:1-31  Pope Francis and the Environment

Genesis 1:1-31  Childhood Lessons on the Environment

Genesis 8:22    Rainbows and Memories

Genesis 17:7-8 An Antidote for Doubt

Genesis 25:19-33, 27:1-46, 33:1-17   Listening In the Center

Genesis 28:16  Sacred Space- Holy Ground

Exodus Exodus 1:15-22  Checking Pharaoh’s Power


Exodus 3   Lent – Letting God be God

Exodus 3:7-8  The Long Journey to a Promised Land

Exodus 3:7-8 In the Wilderness

Exodus 2:14   Who is God to You?

Exodus 20  Remembering to Remember the Sabbath

Exodus 20:8  Grace in Action

Leviticus Leviticus 19:10, 33  Hearing the Cries of God’s People


Leviticus 19:18  Love Draws the Circle Wide

Leviticus 25:3    Facts Always Win

Deuteronomy Deuteronomy 5:15  It Really Does Take a Village


Deuteronomy 8:7-18   There Are No Bootstrap People

Deuteronomy 10:17-19, 24:17  Immigration Policy – Child Abuse

Deuteronomy 24:20  A Place for the Refugee

Deuteronomy 30:19   Choosing Life in a Warming World

Joshua Joshua 24:15  In a Multitude of Choices, Choosing the God of Life
I & II Samuel I Samuel 16:7  Inauguration – Changing Visions – Changing Dreams


II Samuel 12:9  Prophets and the Word of God

II Samuel 18:5,33  God’s Pain Over Lost People

I & II Kings I King 3:5-9   A Heart With the Skill to Listen
I & II Chronicles  
Esther  Esther 4:13-14  Perfect Love in a Time of Challenge
Job Job 19:23-25  Does Anyone Really Need God
Psalms Psalm 8:3-5   The Gift of Sabbath Time


Psalm 15:1-2 The Tragic Implications of Denial

Psalm 15:1-3  When the Long Night Ends

Psalm 18:6  What Color Will it Be?

Psalm 18:28   Reimagining Christmas Traditions 

Psalm 19:1 The Heaven’s Are Telling – God’s Good Gifts of Creation

Psalm 23  Upon the Night View of the World, a Day View Must Follow 

Psalm 23   Letting Our Shepherd Lead

Psalm 23 Resting in God’s Gift of Creation

Psalm 24:1  What Kind of World are We Leaving Our Children

Psalm 27:1   Holding in the Center

Psalm 27:10  God Never Stops Loving

Psalm 30:5b  Grief’s Expression

Psalm 30:5b  Grief Catches Us Unaware – A Revision

Psalm 32:1-2   God’s Grace in the Hard Lessons of Life

Psalm 34:18   Weighing the Scales of Justice

Psalm 40:2   God’s Saving Grace

Psalm 42   100,000 Laments, 100,000 Cries of Pain

Psalm 42:1   Sabbath Time

Psalm 42:5   Hanging on to Hope

Psalm 42:11   Why Art Thou Cast Down, O My Soul?

Psalm 56:8  The God Who Stores Tears

Psalm 57:1   Sheltering in the Shadow of God’s Wings

Psalm 82:3   Immigration Policy – Recognizing Child Abuse for What It Is

Psalm 83:3-4  Wading Through the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death

Psalm 84:3  A Trip to the Headwaters of the Mississippi

Psalm 90:12  Priorities – Remember the Big Rocks First

Psalm 91:4-6  Sheltering in the Shadow of God’s Wings

Psalm 92:1-2  Giving Thanks in an Imperfect Time

Psalm 92:12-14  Aging Gracefully

Psalm 92:12-14   Aging with Grace

Psalm 96:11-12  Every Good and Perfect Gift

Psalm 101:1-2    Swimming With the Pigs

Psalm 101  Quotes and Prayers Tucked in My Bible

Psalm 103:1-13  Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Psalm 103:13  Forgiveness Comes as a Refreshing Balm

Psalm 119:10  Prayer for the New Year – A Faithful Heart

Psalm 130:3  Howard Thurman on Moments of High Resolve

Psalm 133:1-2a & 3  Families – Hanging on to the Precious

Psalm 137:1-4   Seed of Mercy, Goodness and Love

Psalm 137:1-4  An Antidote to Doubt

Psalm 139  The God From Whom We Cannot Hide

Psalm 139:7-10  Millennial’s and the Faith Community

Psalm 139:7-10  The Courage to Break Free

Psalm 139:9-10  The Long Arm of God

Psalm 139:23-24 Being a Christian is More than Something We Believe

Psalm 139:23-24 An Unintentional Observer of a Life

Psalm 146     Subversive Scripture

Psalm 147:3  Trusting in the Fallow Time

Proverbs Proverbs 1:8-9   Susanna Wesley’s Faith


Proverbs 3:5   Moral Imagination- Lifting Domes

Proverbs 3:5-6   Sometimes the Answers are Already within our Grasp

Proverbs 3:5-6  Going in Circles

Proverbs 15:1  Offering Grace in Covid Times

Proverbs 16:18   Please Don’t Let Me Look Dumb

Proverbs 17:6   The Gratitude Jar

Proverbs 17:17   The Footprints of a Friend

Proverbs 17:17 Friendship is Built on Trust

Proverbs 17:22   Life’s Little Bumps – Sometimes the Story is Enough

Proverbs 18:12-13   Leaving Our Bubbles of Truth

Proverbs 21:21  The Power of a Word

Proverbs 22:6   Milk Spilled with Love

Proverbs 22:28  The Gift of Setting Boundaries

Proverbs 27:9  Blessed are the Bonds of Friendship

Proverbs 28:15-16  Which Truth is True

Proverbs 29:18  Grasping Hold of the Vision

Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes 3:1  In the Era of the Urgent – Clinging to the Important
Song of Solomon Song of Solomon 2:11-13    Love Story in the Garden


Song of Solomon 8:7   Treasured Memories

Isaiah Isaiah 1:23 Immigration Policy – Recognizing Child Abuse


Isaiah 2:3b-5 Walk in the Light of the Lord

Isaiah 7:14   Emmanuel, God With Us

Isaiah 9:2      The Longest Night,  

Isaiah 9:2     Christmas Will Come and Go – But the Christ of Christmas Will Remain

Isaiah 9:2-7   Hope in a World of Darkness

Isaiah 9:2,6  There is Both Mystery and Miracle About Christmas

Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6  Star Child

Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6   Yearning for the Perfect Christmas

Isaiah 11:6   When Wolves and Lambs Lie Down Together

Isaiah 11:6-9   A World of Enough,    

Isaiah 11:6-9    Advent Waiting with Expectation

Isaiah 30:18  Weary in the Waiting

Isaiah 35:1-10  Shaped and Formed in the Wilderness

Isaiah 35   The Holy Way

Isaiah 35:1-10  Out of Darkness – Hope

Isaiah 40:3   Prepare a Way for the Lord

Isaiah 40:28-31  Strength Under Pressure

Isaiah 40:21-31  God’s Care is Forever

Isaiah 42:1-4  A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break

Isaiah 43:1   Named by God

Isaiah 43:1b-2  Thou Knowest, O God, I Am Thine!

Isaiah 43:1-2     I Have Called You by Name 

Isaiah 43:2-3   Seeing Outside the Frame

Isaiah 43:10-18  Is it Well With Your Soul?

Isaiah 45:2   The Mood of Christmas

Isaiah 48:8-12   Life Wrapped in Unexpected Packages

Isaiah 49:14-16  Giving Thanks for Saints in Our Lives

Isaiah 49:15  God’s Mother-Like Love

Isaiah 52:7-9  How Beautiful Upon the Mountains

Isaiah 61:1-4    A Garland Instead of Ashes

Isaiah 61:1-3   Needing Some Christmas Promise

Jeremiah Jeremiah 8:22-9:1  Jeremiah- “Oh that I Might Weep Day and Night”


Jeremiah 9:23-24   Seeing 20/20 in 2020

Jeremiah 17:7-9   Setting Deep Roots

Jeremiah 23:5-8   Poking Holes in the Darkness

Jeremiah 29:5-7   When Plans Go Amiss

Lamentations Lamentations 3:17-20   How Long God, How Long


Lamentations 3:19-224   Memories that Haunt

Lamentations 3:22-23  Cold Winters and Springtime Hope

Lamentations 3:22-23    Mercies New Every Morning

Lamentations 3:22-24   Surprised by God’s Angels of Mercy

Lamentations 3:49  On the Other Side of Good Friday

Ezekiel Ezekiel 2:3-5  Choosing Life in a Warming World


Ezekiel 36:25-27    A New Heart

Hosea Hosea 2:18b   Remembering a Name
Joel Joel 2:13-2:12 Ash Wednesday’s Call to Repentance
Amos Amos  5:24   Another Week – Another Shooting


Amos 5:24   Faith and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Amos 5:24   Seeing 20/20 in 2020

Jonah Jonah 4:2-3  Jonah and God’s Too Persistent Call


Jonah 1-4    Jonah – God’s Petulant Prophet

Micah Micah 4:1-5   The Promise of Peace


Micah 4:3-4 In a Moment, Life Changes

Micah 5:2-5  The Trip to Bethlehem

Micah 6:8 *Finding the Way Home

Micah 6:8  Conflicting Values Tear at the Fabric of Our Nation

Micah 6:6-8   Prayer and Action

Habakkuk Habakkuk 2:1-5    Advent’s Waiting Time


Habakkuk 3:17-19   Though the Fig Tree Does Not Blossom

Habakkuk 3:17-19  Yet, I Will Rejoice in the Lord

Zechariah Zechariah 7:9-10   Democracy USA Style


Zechariah 8:16-17  The Pain of Trusting A False Prophet

Matthew Matthew 1:1-17   Skeletons in the Closet


Matthew 1:18-25   A Dream and the Voice of an Angel

Matthew 1:22-23    A Tree Full of Blessed Memories

Matthew 2:1-2     Follow the Star

Matthew 2:1-2   A New Year – Leaving Christmas Behind

Matthew 2:1-12  After the Celebration – Epiphany

Matthew 2:1-12  Returning From Christmas

Matthew 2:13-23   Mary and Joseph – Running From Danger

Matthew 2:13-23  Confronting Evil – Even at Christmas,     

Matthew 2:13-23  Turning the Pages of a Year

Matthew 5:4     Jesus Weeps with Those Who Weep

Matthew 5:6  Making a Life of Difference

Matthew 5:6-7  The Power of a Movement

Matthew 5:9   To Say a Prayer for Peace

Matthew 5:14-15 Letting Your Light Shine

Matthew 5:15-17  Brightly Beams God’s Mercy

Matthew 5:43-45 What is a Christian to do in this World of Alternative Facts

Matthew 5:43-48 The Legitimization of Hate

Matthew 5:43-45  We Have to Stop the Hate

Matthew 5:48    Left Over Ashes

Matthew 6:10  An Apology for a Former President

Matthew 6:28-29   Consider the Lilies

Matthew 6:33   The Search for Happiness

Matthew 6:33   Getting the Big Rocks into Place First

Matthew 7:1-2  God’s Limits or Ours?

Matthew 7:1-3   Becoming Free to be Compassionate

Matthew 7:1-3  God is on the Side of the Poor

Matthew 7:3  Jury Duty and the Question “Isn’t Christianity all about Forgiveness and Redemption”

Matthew 7:15-17  The Pain of Trusting a False Prophet

Matthew 7:36-50   Well, That was Embarrassing

Matthew 9:36    Jesus Had Compassion on Them

Matthew 10:29-31    Just the Right Amount of Rain

Matthew 11:28-30   Why Jesus?

Matthew 11:28-30   Offering Grace in Covid Times

Matthew 13:10-17  Stumbling Into God’s Arms

Matthew 16:24-25   The Way of the Cross – Grace and Mercy

Matthew 16:24-26    The Value of a Soul

Matthew 18:1-7, 10  Angels Watching Over Me

Matthew 18:21-22  The Trouble with Words

Matthew 19:24   Easier For a Camel

Matthew 21:8-9  Finding Your Place in the Parade

Matthew 21:28-32   The Quality of a Commitment

Matthew 21:31  Breaking Free From Sex Trafficking

Matthew 22:37-40  The Heavy Cost of Politicizing Covid

Matthew 23:37-38  Climate Science is Not an Opinion

Matthew 25:40    Health Care Debates and Anxieties

Matthew 25:40   Hunger at the Dollar Store

Matthew 25:40   Common Decency in Immigration Policy

Matthew 25:37-40   Un-Dividing a Divided Washington

Matthew 25:31-46   Faith and the Plight of Refugees

Matthew 25:31-46   The Power to Push Back the Darkness

Matthew 25:31-46   Conflicting Values Tear at the Fabric of our Nation

Matthew 25:31-40, 5:3-9  Politics Through the Lens of Jesus

Matthew 25:35-36, 40  They Will Know We Are Christians by Our _____.

Matthew 27:46  A Good Friday Time

Matthew 27:46  On the Path to Easter

Matthew 28:1-10    I Believe in Easter

Matthew 28:20 Jesus Keeps Calling

Mark Mark 1:15  Repent, and Trust in the Joyful Message of Hope


Mark 4:41 Put Your Hand in the Hand of the One Who Quiets the Storm

Mark 6:19-24   Whatever Became of Salome?

Mark 9:6-8   Following Jesus- The One Who is – Or the one We Want Him to Be

Mark 10:14, 16   When the Heart Bleeds

Mark 12:31  God Calls us a Higher Standard – That of Loving Our Neighbor as Ourselves

Mark 12:30-31    Missing – Online Christian Values

Mark 12:31  Fear that Divides

Mark 15:34  The Intersection of Blessing and Grace

Luke Luke 1:1-3   Jesus Keeps Calling


Luke 1:5-17   Making Ready a People

Luke 1:26-38  Mary’s Yes- Both Gift and Dilemma,  

Luke 1:26-38  Walk Softly as You Go Through Christmas

Luke 1:47-53   In Spite of it All – Angels Still Sing

Luke 1:26-38  Getting Ready for Christmas

Luke 1:38-45  The Strength of a Mother’s Love

Luke 1:38-45  Do You Hear the Angels Song- “Be Not Afraid”

Luke 1:46-47  Mary’s Song

Luke 1:49-53   Christmas Promise in a “Not Yet” World

Luke 1:57, 67-79  Reflecting God’s Light

Luke 1:67-79    Christmas is for Imperfect People

Luke 2:1-7    On a Silent Night

Luke 2:1-14     He is Born

Luke 2:1-20   Three Hundred and Sixty-five Days of Christmas Each Year

Luke 2:15-20  Telling the True Story

Luke 2:15-20   The Singing of Angels

Luke 2:21-24  Each Child a Miracle

Luke 2:25-38 Christmas is for Those Who Refuse to Grow Up

Luke 3:4-6 Against the Backdrop of Pain – Advent Waits

Luke 9:28b-29  Transcendent Moments

Luke 10:27   Love Like a Magic Penny

Luke 10:25-37   Syrian Refugees – Adrift and in Desperate Need

Luke 10:25-37   Moving Beyond our Fear to Care

Luke 12:27  Fulfilling a Vision

Luke 13:21   Leaven in the Kingdom of God

Luke 15:10   God’s Pain Over Lost People

Luke 15:11-24  Forgetting to Come Home 

Luke 15:11-24       God Never Stops Searching for Us

Luke 15:11-24      Saved From Our Predicament

Luke 15:11-24  We Cannot Fall From Grace

Luke 15:11-24  Prone to Wander

Luke 18:6-8a    The Gift of Persistence

Luke 19:41-44    The Tears of Holy Week

Luke 19:42   A Covid19 Palm Sunday

Luke 22:3-4    Judas – Betrayer or Confused Disciple?

Luke 23:34-46   The Intersection of Blessing and Grace

Luke 24:1-5  Easter is God’s Message of Hope

Luke 24:5  Easter’s Evidence -Transformed Lives, Changed Hearts

Luke 24:1-11  Doubt & Faith Intermingle

John John 1:1-18  Christ our Hope


John 1:1-16  Dwelling Among us in Love

John 1:4-5    Needing Some Christmas Promise

John 1:1-5    Just When the Night is Darkest

John 1:1-5  Trusting in the Light

John 1:1-8   By God’s Grace – Light Will Shine

John 1:1-17  God’s Welcome Sign, For All the World’s People

John 1:10-17  The Power to Become Children of God

John 1:1-5    A Moment of Grace

John 1:12  A Christmas Star

John 3:8   Laughing the Laughter of the Spirit

John 3:16  The Climate of Homespun Truths

John 3:16-17  Jesus Came to Save the World

John 3:16-17    Grace Upon Grace

John 8:32    Covid In a Generation of Instant Gratification

John 10:10  Life with Abundance

John 11:25-26   Easter Wonder and Awe

John 12:3-7  Mary’s Extravagant Generosity

John 13:24-25    Just Love

John 13:25   Love Draws the Circle Wide

John 13:34  Fear Divides – Love Unites

John 13:34  Remembering Decency- John McCain

John 14:26    Star Wars and the Holy Spirit

John 15  Star Wars and the Holy Spirit

John 15:5-6   Favorite Quotes

John 15:12    The Power to Bless  

John 15:12   The Power of a Small Group

John 16:33    Everywhere, Always in God’s Hands

John 20:19-29  Hovering Behind Locked Doors

John 20:24-29   Thomas and Other Skeptics

John 20:24-25   Doubting Your Doubts

John 20:24-29  Noticing God

Acts  Acts 2    Laughing the Laughter of the Spirit


Acts 2    Star Wars and the Holy Spirit

Acts 4:19-20  Telling Our Stories of God’s Love

Acts 20:35 Circles at Christmas

Romans Romans 5:3-5  What Color Will it Be?


Romans 8:26 Standing at the Door

Romans 8:28  All Things Working Together for Good

Romans 8:35, 37-38  Assumptions- Coloring Our World with Misinformation

Romans 8:38-39  Tears of Confusion

Romans 8:38-39    God With Us in the Small Stuff

Romans 12:1-2 The Challenge of Trump to Christian Ethics

Romans 12:2, 16-18  Spreading our Grevances

Romans 12:9-12   The Great Storm of the Lord

Romans 12:9-13   A Clouded Pentecost

Romans 12:9-13, 16-17  Transformational Thinking

Romans 12:14-18  Living Peaceably with All

Romans 12:21 Planting Seeds of Mercy, Compassion and Love

Romans 13:10   Interconnected and Interdependent

Romans 13:10  Recovering Christian Ethics in the Age of Covid-19

Romans 15:13   Where is God?

Romans 15:13  Finding Joy in Each Other

I & II Corinthians I Corinthians 2:9    How Great Thou Art


I Corinthians 5:17  Easter’s Rescue Mission

I Corinthians 12:4-6    Who in Your Life Needs Some Applause?

I Corinthians 13:1-3  Living Beyond our Fears,  into the Joyous Generosity of God

I Corinthians 13:4-7   Growing Values in a Time of Covid

I Corinthians 13:4-8a    Love – The Condition Under Which We Flourish

I Corinthians 13:7-8a  Revolving Doors and The Grace of Interruptions

I Corinthians 13:12  Seeing Through a Glass Darkly

I Corinthians 13:1 & 13  Noisy Gongs or Christ Centered Love

I Corinthians 13:13   Love is the Rudder

I Corinthians 15:54b-55   A Cross Stands at the Center of Easter

II Corinthians 1:3-4    Imagined Slights and Small Misunderstandings

II Corinthians 4:7-9  The Power to Overcome

II Corinthians 4:7-9  Choosing One’s Attitude – Finding Meaning

II Corinthians 4:16-18   Do Not Lose Heart

II Corinthians 5:17    Sometimes There is a Hole in the Ceiling Made for the Hand of God

II Corinthians 5:17  A New Year – A Time to Bless and  to Heal

II Corinthians 9:7    The Joy of Generosity

II Corinthians 9:7  Wealth – A Means of Blessing Others

II Corinthians 12:9  Carried by Grace

Galatians Galatians 5:13-14 The Enigma of Donald Trump in the Evangelical World


Galatians 5:14    Jesus Doesn’t Give our Politics a Pass on Loving our Neighbor

Galatians 5:22-23    It Takes So Little to Be Kind

Galatians 5:22-23   Needed – Patience, Persistence, Love

Galatians 5:21-22  Getting a Character Do-Over

Galatians 6:2     Waiting Through a Storm

Galatians 6:2  Reminded of Small Blessings

Ephesians Ephesians 1:15-20  What Can I Give Him?


Ephesians 2:8  Standing in the Need of Grace

Ephesians 3:16-19  Empty Your Pockets

Ephesians 3:16-19  How Wide the Heart, How High the Soul

Ephesians 3:16-19    The Unappreciated Cottage Cheese

Ephesians 3:17b-19   Steadfast Love Transforms all Failure

Ephesians 4:16-19   Prophets and the Word of God

Ephesians 4:30-32 Lent – A Season of Turning Around

Ephesians 4:32  Forgiveness Lives in the Center of Relationships

Ephesians 6:10-18  Are You Listening to Screwtape of Listening to God?

Ephesians 6:16-21  Unanswered Prayer and God’s Answers

Philippians Philippians 1    Failing Forward With Jesus


Philippians 1:3-11 Set on Fire With Gospel Love

Philippians 1:6   If I Were Just a Better Christian

Philippians 2  Civility is Basic to Christian Life

Philippians 2:3-4   Leaving the Judging to God

Philippians 4:5-9   Fixing Blame

Philippians 4:6-7    How Long God, How Long?

Philippians 4:8  What is Feeding Your Soul? 

Philippians 4:13  Fate or Destiny – You Decide

Colossians Colossians 3:12-15    Put on Compassion – Put on Love
 I & II Thessalonians I Thessalonians 1:2   The World Needs All the Saints God Can Muster


I Thessalonians 3:7, 9  Counting Blessings One By One

I Thessalonians 5:14   Creating Space to Listen

I Thessalonians 5:17   The Gifts of Prayer

I Thessalonians 5:18  Giving Thanks in the Difficult Times

I Thessalonians 5:18  Thanking God in the Midst of Turmoil

 I & II Timothy  I Timothy 2:1-3  The Incapacity of Washington to Govern  


I Timothy 2:1-3  Leadership in Trying Times

II Timothy 1:4   Face to Face

II Timothy 1:5   God’s Mother Like Love

II Timothy 4:7    Finishing the Race

 Hebrews Hebrews 11    Needing a Certificate of Martyrdom?
Hebrews 11:1  The Hand of Jesus Holding Us Up


Hebrews 12  Waymarks of the Journey

Hebrews 12:1 Pilgrims on a Journey

Hebrews 12:1   Blessed to Have Tarried With the Saints

Hebrews 12:1-2   Sustained by the Prayers of Friends

Hebrews 12:6   The Grace of Maturing in Faith

James James 1   Hearing the Cries of God’s People


James 1:17  Every Good and Perfect Gift

James 1:22  One Act of Love at a Time

James 5:7-8  A Season of Growth

I & II Peter I Peter 1:3-4   Hovering Behind Locked Doors


I Peter 2:1-2   Disappearing Differences

I Peter 2:25  Guardian of Souls

I Peter 3:8-11  Planting Peace

I Peter 4:8 Difficult Relationships and the Four Minute Rule

I Peter 5:7   Cast Your Cares on God

I, II, III John I John 2:9-10    Lent – Time for a Spiritual Checkup


I John 4:18 Will We Live Out Our Heritage as People of Faith or Will We Succumb to Fear

I John 4:19-21   Walking with a Limp

I John 4:20-21  Can We Listen to our Neighbor’s Story

I John 5:20-21   Wanted: Another Great Awakening 

Revelation Revelation 21:4   When the Heart Bleeds