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 …

Want to See the Light of Life?

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:5 The lights appear at one house, then another, and another. Certain houses or neighborhoods are so spectacularly lit that people go …

Day of Atonement

Free to Fellowship with God On this day, atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins.  Leviticus 16:30 Imagine returning to your estranged parents’ home only to discover they have changed the locks on the doors and deny your request to enter. You’re willing to return, but …

Hope That Never Disappoints

Overflowing with Hope May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 Samuel Johnson, the English writer and critic once said, “He who expects much will often be disappointed.” He was right, of course, from a …

What Did Jesus Say?

Would You Remain Silent? “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37 In trial courts in the USA, a witness or defendant may …

Palm Sunday

The Righteous One Comes Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. Psalm 118:19–20 Four days before the Passover feast, Jews brought an unblemished lamb into their homes—the lamb would become their atonement sacrifice (Exodus 12:3-6). Four days before …

The Miracle Worker

The Bridegroom Comes What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:11 Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose to turn water into wine as his first miracle? Mary told her son about the wine running out. Did she expect him …