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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bringing Out the Best in Others

Philippians 2:1-11 (NIV) Imitating Christ’s Humility 2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or […]

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 […]

God’s Call to the Mission

Mark 16-20   (NIV) Jesus Has Risen 16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will […]

Those Two Boys

Exodus 17:1-7 and Philippians 2:12-18 Exodus 17:1-7 (NIV) 17 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin,traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do […]

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 […]

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 […]