A Time of Paralysis

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

The Forgiveness and Healing of a Paralyzed Man from Luke’s Gospel (Luke 5: 17-26) are another of those passages that has a happy ending.  In this version of the event, the friends of the paralyzed man carry him to where Jesus was teaching.  There were Pharisees and teachers of the law with Jesus at the… Continue Reading A Time of Paralysis

Waiting on the Lord

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

During this season of Lent, I want to continue to wrestle with some of the valleys we experience as we retell Jesus’ journey for our salvation.  I will be reflecting on the Lukan version (Chapter 8) of the healing of The Hemorrhaging Woman and the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter. These two miracles were twelve years… Continue Reading Waiting on the Lord

Gone Too Soon

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

During this season of Lent, I want to invite us to continue to spend time in those Scriptures which require us to spend time in the valleys of our lives.  For me, one of these passages is the story of Lazarus’ resurrection. Like the story of the Good Samaritan, we want to rush to that… Continue Reading Gone Too Soon

How Can I Keep From Singing?

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The pandemic has changed the ways we live our lives.  COVID updates are part of the daily newsfeed with positivity rates, hospitalizations and sadly death rates presented.  Trips to stores and hospitals have encouraged or required us to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and check our temperatures on a regular basis. Delivery companies like… Continue Reading How Can I Keep From Singing?

The Jericho Journey

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Today begins our 2022 Lenten journey.  Over the next several weeks we will reflect upon what Jesus did for our salvation and redemption. There are Gospel passages that resonate with us.  Some are well known by their titles, like The Woman at the Well (John 4), Jairus’ Daughter (Mark 8), The Paralyzed Man (Luke 5)… Continue Reading The Jericho Journey

An Offering and Investment

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There are some conversations that as pastors we don’t always want to have.  Sometimes, what we do as Christians, how we respond to God’s call upon our lives, and how we are transformed and transforming others is just part of who we are as God’s messengers and servants. We may not want to talk about… Continue Reading An Offering and Investment

Instruction Manual Included

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When I was a very young child, Lego building blocks were a novelty.  They came in a box with bunches of pieces that could be used to build whatever a child (or their parents) imagined.  There were a few pictures on the box, suggesting some possibilities, but that was about it.  The Legos were sorted… Continue Reading Instruction Manual Included

Who Tells God’s Story?

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Just a little over six years ago, Hamilton debuted on Broadway.  Whether you have seen it or not, this biopic production raised the bar on music composition and production design.  Through rap, sonatas, and ballads, much of Alexander Hamilton’s life is chronicled.  The final song, entitled: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story? presents us… Continue Reading Who Tells God’s Story?

We Need Help

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Over the years, I have taken a lot of adventure vacations.  My favorites are still the time I spent at Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.  I also went on a few cruises.  A few months prior to the sail date, the cruise line sent a packet of information that listed the excursions being offered. My… Continue Reading We Need Help

Keeping the Faith

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For those of you who don’t watch sports, I ask for your grace in the first part of today’s Corner.  Over the weekend, the NFL Divisional playoffs were contested.  The winners will meet for the Conference Championships and the opportunity to compete in this year’s Superbowl.  Prior to each game the pundits and announcers chose… Continue Reading Keeping the Faith