Week of Palm Sunday

The Message of the Donkey As [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes … because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” from Luke 19:41-44 Jesus didn’t always …

Hope for the Burdened

Free to Hope Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:32 The woman needed a miracle, but she didn’t ask for one. She may have cowered in the back of the synagogue, hoping no one would notice she’d come that day. After all, who wanted to look at a disfigured woman, bent over …

I AM the Bread of Life

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. … This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” John 6:48, 58 Miracles. Jesus had fed 5,000 men plus women and children with two loaves of barley bread and two fish. After this miracle, the crowd …

Remaining Hopeful

Transforming Trials into Triumph Do not be far from me, O Lord. Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord. Psalm 35:22-23 False accusations. Ruthless witnesses. Gloating adversaries. How can such a scenario end in triumph, not tragedy? Yet that is the progression of David’s Psalm 35. In it, he described an unjust lawsuit, which …

Beginning Lent

True Repentance I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25–27 On Ash Wednesday, many Christians around …

New Year, New Adventures

Forward March! Then [Moses] said, … “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid … The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all …

Will You Welcome Him?

For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15 Some congregations today omit hymns …

Everlasting Joy

“Good Tidings of Great Joy” I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness. Isaiah 61:10 “Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,” the angel told the shepherds on the …