Waiting for a House

2 Samuel 7:1-13 (NIV) God’s Promise to David 7 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.” 3 Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go […]

Who’s On You?

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 John 1:6-8, 19-28 and Luke 4:14-21 Isaiah 61:1-4 (NIV) The Year of the Lord’s Favor 61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] 2 to proclaim the year […]


Isaiah 40:1-11  and 2 Peter 3:8-15 Isaiah 40:1-11 (NIV) Comfort for God’s People 40 Comfort, comfort my people,     says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,     and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed,     that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand     double for all her sins. 3 A voice of one calling: “In the […]

Come Down

1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37, and Isaiah 64:1-9 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (NIV) 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving 4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God […]

Christ the King?

Ezekiel 34:11-16, Ephesians 1:15-23, and Matthew 25:31-46 Ezekiel 34:11-16 (NIV) 11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a […]

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 […]