The Plumb-Line-Pick-Ax in God’s Hand

Our Old Testament reading today comes to us from the prophet Amos, chapter 7 beginning at verse 7. Amos was called by God to speak out about the destruction coming upon God’s people because they had willfully abandoned God’s commands, especially God’s directives to structure a just society that provides for all people so thatContinue reading “The Plumb-Line-Pick-Ax in God’s Hand”

A Peace That Can’t Be Broken

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3GoContinue reading “A Peace That Can’t Be Broken”

The Three Sisters Trinity

12 ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are toContinue reading “The Three Sisters Trinity”

The Way of Lydia

9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. 11 WeContinue reading “The Way of Lydia”

A Disabled Body on the Throne

9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to ourContinue reading “A Disabled Body on the Throne”

Those Who Have Not Seen, and Yet Believe

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and hisContinue reading “Those Who Have Not Seen, and Yet Believe”

Every Person Counted

“Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ 3 So he told them this parable: 11b ‘There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger of them said to his father,Continue reading “Every Person Counted”

Sadness Makes Room for Joy

Blow the trumpet in Zion;   sound the alarm on my holy mountain!Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,   for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near—2 a day of darkness and gloom,   a day of clouds and thick darkness!Like blackness spread upon the mountains   a great and powerful army comes;their like has never been fromContinue reading “Sadness Makes Room for Joy”

Shining Faces

29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his faceContinue reading “Shining Faces”