Pastor's Blog

Hello! I am Debbie Riggsby and Welcome to my blog! I pray that in these articles, you will experience the love and peace and joy that comes from following Jesus! I would love connect with you...feel free to email me at pastor@tumcd.org.

Table of Grace…

Sunday’s scripture is the parable that Jesus told of the laborers in the vineyard. A landowner hires workers all during the day. At the end of the day, all the laborers are paid the same amount no matter how long they worked. The workers who worked all day feel they’ve been treated unfairly. The owner asks them if they are resentful because he wants to be generous? Jesus wants his listeners to see that God is gracious ... Read More »

Living in peace…

Haven’t we all pointed a finger at someone? Judged another? Reacted in frustration? In the last few days? Humbly the answer from my heart is unfortunately yes. Often, I discover that I’m focusing on myself first–my desires, my hurts, my needs, or my image. Can anyone relate to that? The guiding words of Jesus and Paul challenge us. In Romans, Paul asks us, “Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? ... Read More »

Table of Love…

In journeying through the gospels, I find Jesus welcomes all to his table of God’s kin-dom of love, grace, and community. Jesus’ “table of love” goes wherever he goes. Sometimes he goes to be with people. Sometimes they come to him. He’s definitely not in one place. He doesn’t even have a place to call home. A real home is in an engaging and deepening relationship with Jesus in community with others. ... Read More »

Come to the Table…

This Sunday, we begin a new worship series called Come to the Table. Remember all the parables Jesus told about wedding feasts and comparing the feast to God’s kin-dom. Remember how Jesus fed the multitudes and changed water into wine. Remember the many times that Jesus ate with tax collectors, prostitutes, and all the outcasts of society. Jesus invited everyone to the banquet table of love, mercy, and grace in God’s kin-dom. We’re invited ... Read More »

Forgive us our trespasses…

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. How many times should we forgive? 7 times 7? That was Peter’s question to Jesus that we find in Matthew 18: 21-22. Jesus’ reply was not 7 times 7 but 70 times 7. That’s a lot. We all have people in our lives who have hurt us–probably many times. I’m sure each of us can name at least several. It ... Read More »

Give Us This Day…

Give us this day our daily bread… This part of the Lord’s prayer is harder than it looks. Just think about the concerns that you currently have running through your mind. Events scheduled in the future. Fears of possible illness. Concerns about finances. Worry about family members. Regrets over past mistakes. Most if not all are about the past or the future. Rarely are we centered and focused in the here and now, ... Read More »

Kin-dom Come…

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus taught more about the kingdom of God than anything else. The kingdom of God was not centered on God’s power and control but God’s love for each and every person and part of creation. Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God as the kin-dom where everyone is welcome and loved. The wedding banquet was Jesus’ favorite image of God’s kin-dom. Last Saturday, ... Read More »

Bless to me…

“Bless to me….” has been a familiar prayer for me during the last several weeks. I’ve asked God’s blessings and presence in the midst of doing my to-do list, writing sermons, preparing worship, feeling weary, driving, buying groceries, and being with family. How about you? Have you deepened your life with God by praying for blessings? God’s blessings come in any moment, any encounter, and any situation. By asking for God’s blessings, we open ourselves to God ... Read More »

Simple Things…

What is something simple, small, and insignificant in your life?  It is probably something we use every day such as a favorite coffee cup, a set of car keys, a cap, or a well-worn tool–like a kitchen knife that I usually grab when I chop anything.  One of my first thoughts was my smart phone which is essential but definitely not simple or insignificant.  Yet it connects us with people and often distracts us from being present in the moment.  ... Read More »

Hand in Hand

Last weekend, Lew and I were taking care of Arden 3 3/4 and Morgan 2.  We had a great time playing on the playground, eating out, going to the Playplace at the Galleria, painting, and going to the Carrollton library.  We made some great memories!  On Saturday evening, the girls were tired.  So were we.  It seemed we were just holding on in keeping everyone occupied.  Soon the garage door opened up and their parents, Kelly and Matt, walked in ... Read More »

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?