no reason to expect the same mercy

ALTHOUGH the goodness of God, and His rich mercies in Christ Jesus, are a sufficient assurance to us, that He will be merciful to our unavoidable weakness and infirmities, that is, to such failings as are the effects of ignorance or surprise; yet we have no reason to expect the same mercy towards those sins […]


How the wise and pious use of an estate naturally carried us to great perfection in all the virtues of the Christian life; represented in the character of Miranda. ANY one pious regularity of any one part of our life, is of great advantage, not only on its own account, but as it uses us […]

What is Love?

This question was posed to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds: “What does love mean?” “Love is that first feeling you feel before all the bad stuff gets in the way.” “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the […]

Love of the Master

by Shari Weigerstorfer My grandmother just dropped off her dog. Accompanying the hound is a suitcase of paraphernalia: leash, bed, bowls, chew bones, glitter balls, gourmet foods, doggie biscuits and an “instruction manual.” The latter is a long, drawn-out, detailed guide to the “care and feeding” of Missy, who will be staying with me for […]

Water of Life

It was one of the hottest days of the dry season. We had not seen rain in almost a month. The crops were dying. Cows had stopped giving milk. The creeks and streams were long gone back into the earth. It was a dry season that would bankrupt several farmers before it was through. Every […]