Talented Enough?

Psalm 123,  1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, and Matthew 25:14-30 Psalm 123 A song of ascents. 1 I lift up my eyes to you,     to you who sit enthroned in heaven. 2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,     as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look […]

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Ready or Not?

Amos 5:18-24   and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Amos 5:18-24 (NIV) The Day of the Lord 18 Woe to you who long     for the day of the Lord! Why do you long for the day of the Lord?     That day will be darkness, not light. 19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion     only to meet a bear, as though […]

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Look Away To

Revelation 7:9-17 and  Hebrews 12:1-3 Revelation 7:9-17 (NIV) The Great Multitude in White Robes 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robesand were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they […]

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Reformation, Reformed, Reforming?

Psalm 46 and Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 46 (NIV) 1 God is our refuge and strength,     an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way     and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam     and the mountains quake with their surging.[c] 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,     the […]

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Invited!

Exodus 32:1-14 and Luke 14:1-14 Exodus 32:1-14 (NIV) The Golden Calf 32 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we […]

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A Story of Grace in Action

Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Matthew 20:1-16 Jonah 3:10-4:11 (NIV) 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion 4 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 […]

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Jesus’ Pathway for Reconciliation

Ezekiel 33:7-11 & II Corinthians 2:5-11 Ezekiel 33:7-11 (RSV) 7 “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8 If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and […]

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Discipleship 101: A Self-Denying Life

Exodus 3:1-15 & Romans 12:9-21 Exodus 3:1-15 (RSV) Moses at the Burning Bush 3 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Mid′ian; and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the Lord […]

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Got Your Keys?

Isaiah 51:1-6 & Matthew 16:13-20 Isaiah 51:1-6 (RSV) Blessings in Store for God’s People 51 “Hearken to me, you who pursue deliverance, you who seek the Lord; look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were digged. 2 Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who […]

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Crumbs of Grace

Genesis 45:1-15 & Psalm 67 Genesis 45:1-15 (RSV) Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers 45 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him; and he cried, “Make every one go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he […]

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