So many people and situations that may seem solid and together but who are actually just crying out for life-giving water to be released from within them!
When we cry out for help, from where do we hope our help may come?
Summary Today’s passage (Matthew 4:1-11) reveals for us both the nature of temptation and the wiles of how we are led into temptation. Temptation draws from what we know – in Christ’s case it was his own authority as well as his deep knowledge of scripture – but then twists those things in our minds towards some toxic, nefarious end for which they were certainly not intended. There’s the Tempter’s straw man argument of ‘…if you are…then…’ To which Christ’s…
Christ’s transfiguration is presented as God’s endorsement of who Jesus is
We are invited to “chew” on the difficult text.
Following Christ is meant to be what makes life worth living
What is the food Christ longs for you to be eating?
People everywhere are frightened – all the time!
Summary 29 The next day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
we are being urged NOT to hold back
Left brain or right brain?
Thinking with the imagination of a child.
to help us wrestle with what we may learn from Mary and Joseph
There are so many things that scream for our attention, that it’s almost impossible to notice which points us to Christ!
it was to these lowly types, utterly without social or religious status, that God chose to send the Herald Angels announcing Christ’s birth!
How are we ‘getting ready’ for the celebration of Christ’s birth?
there’s always God’s perspective!
Thank God for faith cycles!
We celebrate that freedom by remembering it / owning it & living lives that demonstrate it!
Jesus’ insistence on ‘loving’ and reaching out to all the ‘wrong’ people.
sharing of food (bread) and doing so in Christ’s name always reflects that – it is actually always profoundly sacramental.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 Jeremiah brings us the promise of ‘a new thing’, a fresh, new beginning – a new Covenant! I think of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ . Most of Christianity believes that the New Covenant finally came into force with the ministry of Christ, as he taught : “this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood”. This promise of a ‘new thing’ has to do with the sacred nature of the…
At first it may seem that there is no obvious connection between our readings on this Canadian Thanksgiving Sunday… But there is! The first reading is set in Babylon – where the people of Judah were in exile – they who once had so much promise and hope in their wonderfully privileged Promised Land, but now were just devastated, their dreams shattered! Their beautiful Judah had been plundered: Their homes had been wiped out, their temple destroyed. They were now…
Summary There’s fellow who was crossing the iced river – terrified – down on all fours – when a cart laden with lumber hauled by 6 great galloping Clydesdales came bursting out of the undergrowth, and onto the ice! The point is that the thickness of the ice had nothing to do with the depth of his faith. All his faith could do is decide is how confidently he was going to be making the crossing. That, in a sense,…
Christ uses modern day prophets.
Psalm 113 calls us back to living life-agendas
Whatever we can ever say about God is always ultimately beyond us.
may God continue to bless us all to keep answering that call