Beyond Messy: with our enemies

Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18 & Matthew 5:38-48 Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18 (RSV) Ritual and Moral Holiness 19 And the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy. 9 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap […]

Where It Gets Really Messy

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 & Matthew 5:33-37 Deuteronomy 30:11-20 (RSV) Exhortation to Choose Life 11 “For this commandment which I command you this day is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up for us to heaven, and bring it to […]

Psalm 112:1-9 & Matthew 5:13-20 Psalm 112:1-9 (RSV) Blessings of the Righteous 112 Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! 2 His descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his house; […]

The Blest Life

Psalm 15 & 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Psalm 15 (RSV) Who Shall Abide in God’s Sanctuary? A Psalm of David. 1 O Lord, who shall sojourn in thy tent? Who shall dwell on thy holy hill? 2 He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right, and speaks truth from his heart; 3 who does not […]

The Call

Isaiah 6:1-8 (RSV) A Vision of God in the Temple 6 In the year that King Uzzi′ah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two […]

What Are You Looking For?

Isaiah 49:1-6 and 1Corinthians 1:1-9 Isaiah 49:1-6 (RSV) The Servant’s Mission 49 Listen to me, O coastlands, and hearken, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand […]

Angels Still Speaking

Matthew 2:13-23 (RSV) The Escape to Egypt 13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to […]

Angels of Advent: to the Shepards

Luke 2:1-20 The Birth of Jesus 2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirin′i-us was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from […]

Angels of Advent: to Joseph

Matthew 1:18-25 (NIV) Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the […]

Angels of Advent: to Mary

Luke 1:26-38 (NIV) The Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her […]