“Words of Hope” Luke 3:1-6 President Obama has addressed the nation on the issue of terror and law enforcement officers in San Bernardino, CA have conducted raids in the homes of people connected to selling assault weapons to what appears to be two self-radicalized supporters of ISIS. As the investigation continues in California and we […]
Be At Peace With One Another Mark 9:38-50 And Jesus said, “Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.” There is good reason why Jesus offered this important counsel to his friends. He recognized their ambition for power. As Jesus shares and gives his peace, it is a peace that goes beyond […]
The invitation to abide in Jesus has very serious consequences. To abide in Jesus is to make the concerted and careful commitment to follow him, to pay attention to him, to forsake the constant temptations to listen to a different voice, to forsake in the end our ways of doing things especially when they contradict the gospel.
Living Wisely 1 Kings 3:4-14 Ephesians 5:10-21 As a young girl, I loved the lead-up to the first day of school. My mom would take my sister and me shopping for new clothes and shoes. We eagerly selected the coolest Trapper Keeper and colorful folders to hold our assignments. There’s nothing quite like the smell […]
Let Your Life Speak 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Things are not going well for the church in Corinth. This is a big city on a major trade route. A lot of people pass through. Some who have come to Corinth are preaching a gospel in the name of Jesus, but the message is not consistent with […]
Asleep at the Wheel Mark 4:35-41 Jesus is still early on in his ministry at this point in the Gospel, yet in spite of his being the new kid on the block, he is already drawing enormous crowds. When Jesus began teaching earlier that morning, he stood on the shore. Yet the crowd swelled so […]
Has Jesus Gone Mad? Mark 3:20-35 The crowds were growing large and uncontrollable. People were talking. Has Jesus gone mad? His family is in a frenzy because of the stories they’ve heard. He’s been feasting like a glutton (Mark 2:18). His friends are lowlifes and thieves; one of them will certainly betray him (Mark 2:15, […]
The valley of dry bones remains one of the most desperate and dreadful images of the Old Testament. It is a place of great loneliness and despair, overwhelming sadness and grief – where hope has no foothold. In the times and places where we find ourselves in a valley of dry bones, the late Henri Nouwen reminds us how important it is to lift our voice and counter what others are telling us is true. In the Name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit calls us to say “No” to every form of despair.