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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]