Entries by Beth Khorey

Beauty As An Antidote For Worry

Listening to Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount is always a challenge for me! His words, while simple, eloquent and revelatory, get right to the heart of things. Often I think to myself, I get what he’s saying but I’m not sure I can do what he’s asking. That’s what happens to me when I read Matthew 6:25-34. Read it yourself. Jesus says six times not to worry, rather trust God like you see the birds of the air or the flowers of the field do. Our heavenly father takes care of them, are we not of more value? Won’t God care for us as he does the birds and flowers? I parsed the Greek word “anxiousness” or […]

Blessing The Arrival of a New Year

Dear Church Family! One of my favorite times of the year is the week between Christmas and New Years. I love the slower days, the rest, time to reflect, and play with friends! I enjoy blessing God for the year that passed while simultaneously welcoming the new one coming in. Each day I spend a few moments with God scanning my memory of people, events, and work done and not yet completed as I receive the goodness, learn from heartache and review my spiritual progress in God. I attempt to process areas where I noticed weakness and struggles, or stumbled in sin and stinginess. As I do, I bless God for being “with me” in and through it all. I […]

Sunday, March 15th

Ephesians 2:1-10 and John 3:14-21 1. Sit with Jesus as you read his words to Nicodemus in John 3:14-21. Pay attention to what you hear. What comes up in you as you listen in on the conversation? 2. Teacher teaches teacher. The assumption was that the teachers of the Law, of Israel were “in the know.” (Jn.3:9-10) Yet it seems there were things Nicodemus didn’t actually know: things pertaining to the Spirit. Most of us have experienced a lot of bible studies, good teaching sermons, year after year. Many are very educated in theology, religion, culture, sciences, psychology. We can even unknowingly think we know it all! Notice Nicodemus’ humility to ask honestly about things he didn’t understand. Is there anything that seems […]

Sunday, March 8

Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 and John 2:13-22 1. As you Jesus’ exchange in the temple, place yourself in the story as an observer. Take in the sights and sounds. Quietly imagine yourself watching Jesus as he comes in and encounters the market place atmosphere. What do you feel as you watch the scene unfold? What strikes you about Jesus’ demeanor? What thoughts go through your mind as you listen to his exchange with the religious leaders of his day? 2. Read through the gospel again. What invitations do you notice for yourself from this narrative? 3. It seems clear that as the dialogue continues between Jesus and the religious leaders that he alludes to a deeper meaning of the temple. […]