We seldom want to receive a gift just for the object itself. Instead, we value what that gift will DO or how it will change our lives. We often call Pentecost “the birthday of the Church”, but the gift that the Church received that day was not just the gift of languages or some other […]
Just like our moms, Jesus offers us these three things: comfort, hope, and purpose. “Here’s what you’re going to do,” Jesus says to his disciples. Whoever believes in Jesus would do the things that Jesus did. How is that possible? Our experience with our moms gives us a hint. He gave his disciples comfort when […]
We’re all impressed by people with great skills. Some can sing. Others can play an instrument. In the church we sometimes think that if we just got the right people with the right amazing skills, THEN the church would grow! But Jesus has given to us – to YOU – one tool that is more […]
We watch sad movies. We read sad books. We listen to sad songs. But we don’t like the ending to be sad. Although there might be pain in the beginning and struggle in the middle, we stay with the story because we hope there will be joy in the end. That is what makes Easter […]
“Zacchaeus was a wee little man…” Children love to sing that song. It sounds like it’s about a nice, funny, little man. Unfortunately, Zacchaeus was probably not a very nice man. He worked for the Roman government and oppressed his own people. No doubt it seemed to the people around that he didn’t care, that he […]
It’s easy to judge the “rich young ruler” who thinks he has done no wrong. But we are much like him. And, like him, Jesus invites us to leave all behind and follow him, and find much greater blessing. You can’t do it, but he can.
Luke says that Jesus “set his face” toward Jerusalem. But he was more than merely resolute or determined. He seems eager – urgent – driven to get to his goal. Setting aside his usual ministry pattern, Jesus goes quickly from village to village on the way to his crucifixion. “For the joy set before him…” […]
I hate to ruin the suspense for you, but Jesus’ appearance on the mount of Transfiguration contains some clear messages about what the future will bring. This great event falls right in the middle of the gospels, and forms the high point, the literal mountain top experience from which we can see most clearly what […]
Jesus’ disciples are happy and eager to follow him… when it means victory and significance. But when Jesus says that their destination is the cross? Not so much. Are we really interested in Joining Jesus on His Mission if that’s where we’re going? I hope so… because that’s Jesus’ only destination!
We’ve been talking a lot about “joining Jesus” on his mission this year because that’s a handy way to talk about being a disciple (and it’s also the title of a good book). But when we talk about “joining” we’re not just talking about getting a membership card. Jesus says that he is the “Bread […]
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