Mary Scifres Ministries, LLC

28825 Top of the World Drive

Laguna Beach, California 92651

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Tel: 949-484-5581​

admin@maryscifres.com

© 2019 by Mary Scifres

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Be the change that you wish to see in the world.    ~Gandhi

September 3, 2019

In fifth grade, I remember reading an excerpt from Silas Marner, George Eliot’s third novel. I was fascinated by the image of an old disillusioned man, who seems committed only to accumulating more and more gold, finding hope and redemption in rescuing a two-year-old g...

August 4, 2019

Why do we turn to God in times of trouble, when God doesn't seem capable of making the trouble go away? We pray for peace, but wake up to another shooting. We pray for safety, but harm comes anyway. We pray to love, but find ourselves thinking hateful thoughts. The joy...

November 10, 2018

My heart hurts this week. My son and his friends are so relieved they didn't accept the invitation to go celebrate and relax with friends, but know others did and now are gone. A town and neighborhood they all thought of as "safe" was not safe at all. These millennials...

October 2, 2018

One of the wisest professors I’ve ever had, Walter Muelder, often advised us to “listen for the question behind the question.” He considered deep listening to be a primary key to his success as a teacher, pastor, and leader. Even when we would have gladly hung on every...

August 14, 2018

“Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and bliss shall kiss one another,” states the wise general in a toast after enjoying the wonders of Babette’s Feast. He proceeds to wax eloquently about the infinite nature of mercy that we so often limit in our human w...

July 30, 2018

“Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me,” Kermit the Frog sings poignantly, inviting us to dream with him. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. invites us even more powerfully to dream with him as he proclaims, “I have a dream!” Is there...

March 21, 2018

We're coming upon Holy Week. What starts as a giant celebration filled with blessings from the people for Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem turns all too quickly into betrayals as events begin blazing a trail to the cross. At first, the disciples are with the crowd...

February 19, 2018

Last week, I reached out to a family friend to ask for a ride to the airport. I felt a bit guilty, because we’ve lost touch with each other since our sons went to college to years ago. But I knew his Google office was right across the street from the airport, so I deci...

December 16, 2017

Preparing for a baby has taken on a life of its own in the last century or two. People throw baby showers to help the young couple prepare. Parents design themed nurseries and purchase cribs and gadgets galore to prepare for the new arrivals. Grandparents and friends f...

December 2, 2017

In recent years, it feels like much of the world is living the “end times” drama described in ancient scriptures, 19th century utopian writings, and numerous adventure films. In recent years, hurricanes and raging fires are more frequent and violent; school shootings a...

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