Grace and Peace to you this morning, Grace and Peace. The crowds gathered around Jesus so much so they couldn’t even move around much or eat or anything else. And his family shows up because people are saying he has … Continue reading
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Some Things the Spirit Can Do Luke 1:39-57 Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. We know how life is supposed to be. Good people have good stuff happen to them. Bad people have bad stuff happen … Continue reading
The Connection John 3:1-17 Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. This past week I spoke to two of Lothar Konietzko’s classes at Everett High School. He has had rabbis, mams, and priests come in, and I … Continue reading
The Good Shepherd Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. When she returned from her trip to Israel, Chris Reist spoke to the women’s prayer circle about the manger scene. Most of us, when we think of … Continue reading
We do not know why God told Moses to raise up a bronze serpent on a pole, or how when people who had been bitten by a poisonous snake and they looked at this bronze snake, they were healed.
The book of Numbers does not explain it. The Gospel according to John, who uses this image, does not explain it. John just assumes people know the story that he is talking about.
We can speculate. We can infer. We can get creative. But we don’t know. Continue reading
Philip and Nathanael are a study in contrasts. Jesus goes up to Philip and says, “Follow me.” And Philip follows him. Philip finds Nathanael and says, “I’ve found him! The one we have all been looking for. The one we have all been waiting for. The one who was promised. Jesus of Nazareth!”
And Nathanael says, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?!?”
What would it take for someone to come up to us and say “Follow me,” and we follow them? I cannot speak for you, but I confess I have a lot of that Nathanael mindset. “Really? You’ve got to be kidding me.” Continue reading
We know about other valleys of shadows: valleys of the shadow of death: a diagnosis, brokenness in a relationship, loss of job, loss of hope. Or maybe it is the shadow that death that comes as memory, as grief, that everything we see is shadowed by the loss we have known.
The traveler to Jerusalem knows about fear. But instead of turning back, instead of arming themselves against their fear, they look up. They look up. They lift their eyes and they look up. Continue reading
If a wife is to be as the church to Christ, shouldn’t the husband be like Christ to the wife. Christ did not hurt those he loved. He did not lord it over those he loved, but loved them as they are. He did not demand his feet be washed, but washed their feet. He did not kill them, but was willing to lay down his own life for theirs. He did not make the disciples his servants, but called them friends. Continue reading
Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. (Sung) Didn’t my God deliver Moses from king Pharaoh? And didn’t he cool the fiery furnace for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? – “He Never Failed Me Yet,” Robert Ray You … Continue reading