The Way of the Model Shepherd

“11 ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13The hired hand runs away because aContinue reading “The Way of the Model Shepherd”

What Keeps Us Up at Night

14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may haveContinue reading “What Keeps Us Up at Night”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Pink Candles of Joyful Resistance

“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,   because the Lord has anointed me;he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,   to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,   and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfortContinue reading “Pink Candles of Joyful Resistance”