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….. It is never too late. Ours is the gospel of the ultimate chance. We are living at a time when our towns are dark, when our lives are dark with something other than night. But the light at the end of the tunnel spells out the dream of Hope. It proclaims the story that it’s love that turns on the light inside us and our world.

— COA founder, Herman Adrian Spruit

February 2023

What’s your back-up?

2023-02-27T16:54:25+00:00February 27, 2023|

In Matthew 4:1-11, we read the debate between Jesus and the devil. The devil uses scripture in an attempt to sway Jesus, and Jesus responses, also using scripture. What is your back-up? Perhaps you, too, respond to temptations by quoting scripture. Or, perhaps religious tradition, family [...]


2023-02-19T22:34:33+00:00February 19, 2023|

These words may well be the most important of the scripture readings for today! “Brothers and Sisters: Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”  1Cor.3:16 Take this in; accept it. Believe it.  

Remembering the 10

2023-02-13T06:36:29+00:00February 13, 2023|

In the reading for Sunday, the people were told that keeping the commandments would save them (Sir 15:15). In a similar reading in Deuteronomy (Det. 30:15-20), Moses told his people the same thing. Told repeatedly, it seems the early people had a hard time remembering how [...]

January 2023


2023-01-08T20:06:39+00:00January 8, 2023|

  As we are reminded of Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:13-17), we may well consider our own. If you were baptized, do you remember? Many were baptized as infants, so memories of the sacrament would be through photos. Even if you don’t remember, what does your baptism [...]


2023-01-05T05:27:34+00:00January 5, 2023|

for you in 2923: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

December 2022

November 2022

Not Yet.

2022-11-28T16:46:00+00:00November 28, 2022|

In Isaiah 2:1-5, one of the readings for Sunday, we are told of a time when the nations will no longer raise swords and spears against each other; there will be no war. We sigh. This hasn’t happened yet. Before condemning only the nations, perhaps we [...]

Do we call?

2022-11-07T03:36:01+00:00November 7, 2022|

The words of Psalm 17:6a: “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God…” lead us to question ourselves. For your reflection: Do you call on God? If so, do you turn to God in both the good and the not-so-good times? Do you [...]

October 2022

Do we notice?

2022-10-11T00:39:00+00:00October 11, 2022|

Do we notice? Are we thankful? In the gospel reading for Sunday (Luke 17:11-19), we read or heard the story of the one leper who asked Jesus for healing, and, when he realized he had been healed, returned to say thank you. As Jesus asks, “where [...]

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