Entries by Peter Schwich

Monday, April 12, 2021

Note: This will be the last of our three-times-a-week reflections on the Daily Texts. We began these as a way to help us stay connected while stay-at-home orders were in effect. Now, as the vaccination effort advances and we’re able to see the light of increased in-person connection at the end of this long tunnel—thanks […]

Friday, April 9, 2021

Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay. “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” —Isaiah 43:1 Last Sunday we celebrated Easter, the holiest day for Christianity. If Jesus had not died and risen again, defeating death and redeeming us from our sin, we would […]

Monday, April 5, 2021

“Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” —Luke 24:26 Whenever I catch myself starting a sentence with “God must,” I pause and think about how to adjust or rephrase what I’m intending to say. Because God is perfectly free. There’s nothing at all that God, […]

Friday, April 2, 2021

Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay. “Christ is our peace.” —Ephesians 2:14 “Christ is our peace.” This short passage is a wonderful encapsulation of what Jesus gifted to us through his life, death, and resurrection. I invite you to also read the rest of the second chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, […]

Monday, March 22, 2021

“This poor man cried, and was heard by the LORD, and was saved from every trouble.” —Psalm 34:6 Abner Mikva told a story about trying to get involved in Illinois Democratic Party politics in the 1940s. When he went to the party office in his Chicago ward, he was asked who had sent him there. […]

Friday, March 19, 2021

Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay. “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” —Matthew 7:24 I remember first learning about the wise man/foolish man story in Sunday School a long time ago, and to this day […]

Monday, March 15, 2021

“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you […]

Friday, March 12, 2021

Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay. “Since my mother bore me you have been my God.” —Psalm 22:10 God is the one who created us and loves us, even when we are unaware of him. I have been fortunate to grow up in a Christian family so I can say with confidence that […]

Monday, March 8, 2021

“So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” —2 Corinthians 12:9 For most Christians, there is no first-century person (excluding Jesus) more influential than the apostle Paul. From the time of his conversion from a persecutor of early believers to a believer […]

Monday, March 1, 2021

“Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” —Philippians 2:4 Every once in a while, as I read the Bible, I come across a sentence that seems to capture so much more than it should be possible to contain in one sentence. This verse from the apostle […]