Walking a New Path

1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.2 O my God, in you I trust;   do not let me be put to shame;   do not let my enemies exult over me.3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;   let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.4 Make me to know yourContinue reading “Walking a New Path”

From Dust to Dirt

Psalm 51:1-17 1 Have mercy on me, O God,   according to your steadfast love;according to your abundant mercy   blot out my transgressions.2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,   and cleanse me from my sin.3 For I know my transgressions,   and my sin is ever before me.4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned,   and done what is evil in yourContinue reading “From Dust to Dirt”

Disoriented and Transformed

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking withContinue reading “Disoriented and Transformed”

Grasshoppers and Locusts

Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads themContinue reading “Grasshoppers and Locusts”

The Fiery Way to Freedom

Our text today is a part of Moses’ farewell speech to God’s people. Moses knows he won’t be the one to take them into the promised land, and it is time to pass on the mantle of prophetic leadership to someone else. We are eavesdropping on this farewell conversation. Let’s listen in: The Lord yourContinue reading “The Fiery Way to Freedom”

Investing Our Lives

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net intoContinue reading “Investing Our Lives”

Delight in Difference

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son ofContinue reading “Delight in Difference”

The Prophetic Baptism

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, withContinue reading “The Prophetic Baptism”

Don’t Forget Your Name Tag

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his childrenContinue reading “Don’t Forget Your Name Tag”

Shattered Dreams and Open Hearts

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the cityContinue reading “Shattered Dreams and Open Hearts”