for the joy of the Lord is your strength

  This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is […]

concerning them which are asleep

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by […]

beautiful upon the mountains

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall […]

flowers appear on the earth

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a […]

the heavens shall praise thy wonders

And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord? (Psalms 89:5-6) But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and […]

God standeth in the congregation of the mighty

God standeth in the congregation of the mighty (Psalms 82:1a) he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalms […]

moreover the dogs came…

And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s […]

the mystery of godliness

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (Psalms 5:3) This morning as high clouds moved through eastern Washington we were blessed to observe an uncommon atmospheric condition, a series of halos and arcs around the sun. Photographed here are what […]

A wind that passeth away

  But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: Yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. (Psalms 78:38-39) I exhort therefore, that, first […]

he calleth his own sheep by name

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (I Peter 2:25) The sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: […]