A Childish Dream

Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart heContinue reading “A Childish Dream”

Action Builds Belief

Hear now the new testament reading from James the second chapter. This translation is the NRSV with a few alterations by Pastor Dexter.  My family, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly,Continue reading “Action Builds Belief”

Disconnection and Connection

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide inContinue reading “Disconnection and Connection”

A Glimpse of Resurrection

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken theContinue reading “A Glimpse of Resurrection”

Planting Seeds

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come forContinue reading “Planting Seeds”

Foolish Love

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,   and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ Where is the one who is wise? Where isContinue reading “Foolish Love”