Author: Lori Anderson

Psalm for a Pandemic: Prayer for Peace and Comfort

Psalm for a Pandemic: Prayer for Peace and Comfort

(Inside: A prayer for peace and comfort; a prayer for inner peace and happiness; a prayer for peace at work; a prayer for comfort in loss – a psalm for the pandemic.)     Worldwide pandemic. Stressful times. Frightening times. Uncertain times. The circumstances we’re 

Feeling Anxious? Help & Hope in Anxious Times

Feeling Anxious? Help & Hope in Anxious Times

Feeling Anxious? Schools and businesses are closed, and we’re all secluded in our homes. We see all the statistics on the news and online, and it’s understandable that we begin to experience a bit of anxiety. Anxiety: it’s that feeling of worry or nervousness typically 

A Dark Day in Heaven and Earth: The Death and Burial of Jesus

A Dark Day in Heaven and Earth: The Death and Burial of Jesus

“Then they led him away to be crucified…” Matthew 27:31 A Look at Crucifixion Crucifixion was a well known and brutal form of public execution. It was not a quick death. Sometimes death didn’t take them for two or three days.   Condemned prisoners were 

The Road to the Cross: Jesus’ Last Days

The Road to the Cross: Jesus’ Last Days

This week, we will follow Jesus through the final events in his life. It’s a very heavy week. Jesus is betrayed by a friend, abandoned by those who promised to be most loyal to him, disowned by his closest follower, arrested, beaten, and mocked. The 

One Last Meal: Finding Jesus in the Passover

One Last Meal: Finding Jesus in the Passover

[Inside – “One last Meal: Finding Jesus in the Passover”. #3 in our series “A Journey to the Cross: 40 Days in the Footsteps of Jesus”.] It’s the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. Jesus has one last meal with his disciples. This last 

Not Your Average King: Jesus Enters Jerusalem

Not Your Average King: Jesus Enters Jerusalem

[Inside: Not Your Average King. Week 1 of our series, “A Journey to the Cross: 40 Days in the Footsteps of Jesus”] For three years, Jesus trudged the dusty desert countryside. As he moved from town to town, he healed the sick, drove out demons 

Stories Jesus Told: Life-Changing Lessons in the Parables We Love

Stories Jesus Told: Life-Changing Lessons in the Parables We Love

[Inside: an introduction to parables] Parables Move Us Everybody loves a good story. A good story makes us feel something. We relate to the characters and we feel what they feel. We identify with the events in the story, and it’s like we’re right there 

Forgive as You Are Forgiven: A Story of Mercy

Forgive as You Are Forgiven: A Story of Mercy

I forgive you. Hard words to say, but words that hold incredible healing power; healing to the person who hears them, and healing to the person who speaks them.  Forgiveness is difficult – sometimes it feels impossible. As we dig into a parable about someone 

The Good Neighbor: Loving Like Jesus Loves

The Good Neighbor: Loving Like Jesus Loves

What is a Good Samaritan? Good Samaritan. It’s a term that has become synonymous with a person who comes to the aid of others; someone who is a good neighbor.  There are organizations named “Good Samaritan” – like the Good Samaritan Society that offers help