Jesus was trying to show the people that love, mercy, and peace were his ways – were God’s ways. Love, mercy, and peace were so central to who he was that they were like elements of his DNA. To change them would make him something different than God, and, thank God, that was a compromise he would not make.
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Matthew 5:38-48 You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy… Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Be holy. Be perfect. Yeah, right. A funny thing happened on the way to holy perfection. We started to believe it was not possible to get there. We believe […]
Matthew 5:1-12 Jesus must have been an artist, because the Beatitudes are beautiful and poetic sentiments. What a glorious picture Jesus is painting, mixing vibrant colors and bold promises on his divine palette, and brushing the resulting pigments onto a canvas as broad and grand as heaven itself! Jesus creates a masterpiece with his words. […]
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 […]
Where’s the Boss? Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11 Imagine for a moment that you are climbing the Mount of Olives. As you near the top, you turn around and look across the valley from which you’ve just climbed. On the other side of the valley is another hill, and there at the top of it […]
The Sea Island Presbyterian Church is . . . called to . . .shape disciples equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We don’t have to leave things up to chance. We can be agents of change in the world on behalf of the Kingdom of God.
This Sunday is Pentecost, the day we remember how the disciples received the gift of the presence of the Holy Spirit, who entered into their midst with the sound of rushing wind and the appearance of tongues of fire. The power of the Spirit manifested itself in the disciples’ witness, and many were added to their number daily.