Happy are those

Happy are those who work for peace…

Matt. 5:9

At the beginning of prior years, I’ve started the year here with theme words, a word, or a verse. This year it’s a verse.

Please join me in working for peace this year.

“How?” you might ask.

Let’s work for peace in our families, our neighborhoods, our workplaces. Be willing to have lunch or coffee with someone from the other side of the aisle. You don’t need to talk politics. In fact, it might be best if you don’t. Instead, get to know other people as people. Talk about their hobbies, their families, the music they like, and their favorite hot drinks. Ask about their first cars. If you want to go deeper, ask them what they care about, what keeps them up at night, what difference they’d like to make in the world.

And then listen.

Anybody up for coffee?


Speak up!

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)

Bucket List

Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:16-17

More items for my bucket list.

I Got My Free TNIV Bible

My free TNIV Bible came in the mail yesterday, just a few days after Rolling Stone ran Zondervan’s ad for it.

Here’s an excerpt:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17 TNIB