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Being Faithful: False Self-Denial

Luke 13:31-35     Second Sunday in Lent     March 17, 2019   Jesus is in big trouble. You can understand why he would be.  Since his first public pronouncements, nearly everything he’s said has made someone upset and angry.  Do you want some examples? Listen to the gospel passage we read in Sunday morning worship, seven […]


Talking with the Devil

Luke 4:1-13 First Sunday in Lent    What tempts you?  Scripture is full of stories of temptation.  Of course, it began with Adam, Eve, a talking serpent, and a fruit tree. Moving on, Cain murdered Abel.  Then there’s King David who gave in to his lust for Bathsheba. Joseph’s brothers sold him to strangers when they could […]


Prayer, and Fasting From Whatever Distracts You From God

Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21     Ash Wednesday     March 6, 2019   What distracts you from God?  Don’t be hard on yourself because you are!  Ron Rolheiser writes, “To be a human being is to be perpetually distracted.  We aren’t persons who live in habitual spiritual awareness who occasionally get distracted.  We’re persons who live […]


Receiving Faith, Living in Trusting Faith: Being Transformed Into the People God Desires Us to Be

Luke 9:28-43     Transfiguration Sunday     March 3, 2019   What a reading we have from the gospel of Luke!  These two stories include a mountain top experience, mystical revelation from God, bewilderment and terror, the struggle to understand what God is saying, the desire to keep things just the same as always even though God […]


Forgiveness

Genesis 45:3-11, 15     Luke 6:27-38 7thSunday after Epiphany   Sometimes, it just feels so good to be angry!  Do you know what I mean?  We continue to find terrible things our enemy did that prove our position. Believing that we are justified in our anger, we puff-up with righteous indignation.  We take pride at being […]


The Good News of Jesus’ Blessings and Woes

Luke 6:17-26; Jeremiah 17:5-10     Sixth Sunday after Epiphany     February 17, 2019   How does this morning’s gospel passage strike you?  Are there any verses in the entire Bible that are more challenging for us who have more stuff than we need? Then [Jesus] looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who […]


Unqualified

Luke 5:1-11 Lectionary 5    ~  Fifth Sunday after Epiphany   To be or to do things in our world, you must be qualified.  You must meet certain qualifications to graduate from high school and to enter college.  Doctors and Certified Public accountants have requirements to practice.  Athletes and horses need to qualify for competitions. Discovered by Clyde […]


God’s Love, God’s Call

Jeremiah 1:4-10     Fourth Sunday after Epiphany     February 2, 2019   Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” These are such striking words, from the prophet […]


Fingers and Toes

1 Corinthians 12:12-31   Luke 4:14-21 3rd Sunday after Epiphany What is the best part of your physicality?  Is it a strong jaw, or thick hair, or muscular legs? What is your least favorite part of your body? As I have gotten older, the list of my not so favorite parts has grown. In recent decades, people’s perception of […]


God’s Kingdom — Rejoicing! Feasting! Abundance!

John 2:1-11     Second Sunday after Epiphany     January 20, 2019   “On the third day”: that’s how the gospel reading begins this morning.  (This is the third day after Jesus called Philip and Nathanael to follow him, but you and I know how important that phrase is, since the resurrection will happen on the third […]