In a world that values power, money, success, victory, and the like, the cross is foolishness because it is weakness, poverty, failure and loss. The way of Jesus, the way of turning the other cheek, forgiving seventy-seven times, loving our enemy and praying for those who persecute us, seems like absolutely lunacy. Anybody who chooses […]
If God finds happiness in Jesus, we can, too. Lent is often a time of restriction and we think we have to be all serious and rule-following. And that’s an appropriate response if we have been living on the wide road that leads to destruction rather than the narrow road that leads to life. But […]
Jesus’ ministry right up to the crucifixion was to preach. To speak. Just like God spoke creation, Jesus speaks salvation. Good news to the poor. Release to the prisoner. Recovery of sight to the blind. Liberation of the oppressed. And proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. The year of the Lord’s favor. When Isaiah […]
Today’s lesson from scripture is lesson 3 in our 4 week focus on Recognizing and Responding to God’s voice. In the first week we learned with Samuel that we must figure out how to recognize God’s voice so that we can make ourselves available to listen to what God has to tell us. Last week […]
This week we are going to jump into the story of God, Jonah and the people of Nineveh. Most of us have probably at least heard of Jonah because his claim to fame is his all-expenses paid three day, two night stay in the belly of a whale. Jonah never had a problem recognizing God’s […]
Over the next four weeks we are going to encounter a variety of stories from the Bible that can help us grow as disciples, followers of Jesus and learners from Jesus. We will particularly focus on how we can listen for the voice of God in our lives. Our God who spoke everything into creation […]
Let’s face it: the wise men were late. They did their best, they followed their star, but the angel chorus, the praising shepherds, the holy night and the baby’s first cry…they missed it all. Luckily, though they missed what was undoubtedly a night of beauty and majesty, they still found their way to Jesus.
As Christmas has come, the gifts have been exchanged, our scripture reading from the prophet Isaiah reminds us of the great gift that has come into our world…the gift that keeps coming into our lives again and again…
Because God is good all the time, we have access to a resounding joy that echoes through the ages.
Last week we remembered together that God has, in fact, torn open the heavens and come down. God has fulfilled what God has promised. Today, we look again at the promises of God fulfilled in Jesus. Isaiah tells us that God speaks comfort and compassion over us. And the message is good news.
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