Archive for March, 2017

First Sunday of Lent 2017 – Matthew 4:3-4

This is my final post on this WordPress platform.  Thank you for years of likes and, from time to time, comments.  I hope you will follow me to Church Health’s website where I will continue to nurture my faith and hopefully nurture yours as well.  As I tell my coworkers who receive this post by email every day: “Have a blessed day.”  Butch

Friday, March 3, 2017 

Matthew 4:3-4The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

In the Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi instructs Daniel to have “Balance!”  Jesus is instructing us in the same way in this passage.  For optimal health, we need both a measure of nutritional sustenance and a measure of spiritual sustenance.  Take both, daily.

Gracious God, may we feel your overflowing love in us today and every day.  Amen.

First Sunday of Lent 2016 – Matthew 4:1-2

Thursday, March 2, 2017 

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Matthew 4:1-2Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.

I have never used fasting as a spiritual discipline, but I have known people who found it an extremely effective way to better connect with God.  As people of faith, we are challenged to find our own ways to walk closer to God.

Loving God, help us move toward you so that we may be better disciples.  Amen.

First Sunday of Lent 2017 – Matthew 6:19-21

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Matthew 6:19-21“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Part of the discipline of Lent is to take time to intentionally reassess our lives and our faith.  It is a time to redefine our priorities.

Loving God, help us to know your will.  Give us the strength to act in ways which honor that knowledge.  Amen.

Have a blessed day,


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