What do we do with all of the pain and the horror of wrong doing that has been committed against us? In a short, memorable parable, Jesus shows his disciples (and us) the profound secret and pathway to total forgiveness. For followers of Jesus, unforgiveness is not an option, but how does one find a place of authentic forgiveness? Text: Matthew 18:15-35; Leviticus 19:18; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13
In five compact verses and with a host of words and posture, this mighty psalm urges us to praise God with gladness. It is a Psalm of Thanksgiving which prompts us to be clear-eyed and fully aware of the enduring love of God which overflows in our joyful response of praise. Text: Psalm 100; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Titus 2:14
Psalm 1 sets forth two ways to live. One way is shiftless and unrooted. The other is deeply rooted in commands of God. Only one leads to wholeness and blessing.The person who is blessed finds delight in Jesus and runs firmly in the way of God’s commandments. Text: Psalm 1; Luke 24:44; Romans 10:4
What is the cause of evil and suffering in our world? Can we fix it? Or, will it always be this way? To answer these questions, Jesus parable of the wheat and the tares presses us deep into the character and purposes of God and points forward to the cross where the love of God, seemingly so weak, ends up victorious and ultimately destroys the power of evil. Text: Matthew 13: 24-30
The restoring grace of God redeems every area of life, including the the most intimate of relationships in the home. This Scripture text (letter) invites us to consider how following Jesus shapes marriage, family life, and children. Text: Ephesians 5:21-6:4
An encounter with God’s majesty, transcendence, and holiness brings us quickly to an end of ourselves. Only there, at the end of our “good” efforts, do we experience the restoring, forgiving grace of God. With that restoring grace comes a new orientation and profound mission in life. Isaiah’s encounter with God shows us how God restores lives. Text: Isaiah 6:1-13.