• People Pleasing
    What motivates our words and actions?
  • By Our Love
    What is the evidence of your faith in Jesus?
  • Witness
    It is the witness of others that has brought many of us to our own belief.
  • Water from a Rock
    Blaming others is such a common reaction when basic needs are not being met.
  • Fair or Unfair?
    We must remember that Jesus is talking about a different world – a different kingdom – the kingdom of God.
  • The Privilege of Suffering?
    The suffering Paul and many of his contemporaries did for Christ was real.
  • Covenant Keeping
    Every covenant throughout the biblical story has two parts: “I will be your God and you will be my people.”
  • Sabbath Dinner
    When you are resting or when you are with family and friends, how often do you consider it a time to draw you closer to God?
  • On Forgiveness
    Jesus is calling on us to show the same generous spirit of forgiveness that God has lavished upon us.
  • On Not Judging Others
    When I am judging others, it usually comes back to either my own insecurity or my failure – my failure to listen, my failure to learn, or my failure to love.
  • The Songs of Faith
    Music has an ability to connect important themes or moments to our soul.
  • The Path to Freedom
    When we are seeking freedom in our lives, we sometimes wonder why God doesn’t make it any easier.
  • Conflict Resolution
    Here, Jesus gives a step-by-step approach to resolving conflict.
  • The Time is Now
    Each day brings the opportunity to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” in the way we think, speak, and act.
  • Energetic Praise
    What keeps us from expressing our thanks and praise with abandon?
  • Bless this Home
    How has your home served as a center of hospitality, safety, healing, and rest for you, your family, and visitors?
  • Taking Up the Cross
    Sometimes we are our own worst stumbling blocks.
  • Led to Freedom
    Often, in our lives, we find ourselves on a journey that requires us to trust that God will make a way for us.
  • Burning Bush
    God breaks into the ordinary in amazing ways if we take the time to stop and notice.
  • Who is Jesus?
    Jesus asks, “Who do you say I am?”
  • We Need Each Other
    For the body of Christ to grow and thrive, we need each other’s unique experience of God and of life.
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past
    The Hebrew people have a hope for the future with God, based on the help in the past from God.
  • Life-Changing Events
    Sometimes we have life events that drastically change the course of our lives.
  • Persistent Faith
    We never know when a disruption in life will transform us.
  • Bound to Sin?
    Do you ever feel ‘bound to sin’?
  • Family Unity
    “How good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!”
  • Revenge
    Do you carry bitterness in your heart?
  • Sink or Swim
    Recognizing Jesus, Peter stepped directly into the stormy sea.
  • Righteousness by Faith
    What is your motivation for living a life of kindness, goodness, and generosity?
  • Wonderful Works
    “Remember the wonderful works he has done.” (Psalm 105:5)
  • Jealousy
    Jealousy can compel us to think, do, or say things that are in direct conflict with our values.
  • Looking Up
    Before Jesus does anything with the bread and fish, he looks up to heaven.
  • None and Done?
    When we find great comfort, strength, and joy in our own faith, we cannot imagine life without it.
  • Deliverance
    There is no promise of immunity from struggle if only we are good enough.
  • Undeserved
    I wonder what changed for Jacob when he received the gift of mercy.
  • It’s the Little Things
    Small moments and gestures produce a bounty of love, renewal, and joy.
  • Nothing Can Separate
    Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
  • Forever Mindful
    God is forever mindful of the covenant made with the ancestors of our faith.
  • Family Dynamics
    This story has it all: love, jealousy, manipulation, favoritism, infertility…
  • Drawing Lines
    Jesus advises us to be less concerned with the wrong we see in others and more concerned about the fruit we are bearing in our own lives.
  • Hopes, Dreams, and Longing
    What gift from God are you waiting for?
  • Too Wonderful for Me
    There is nowhere we can go to escape the presence and love of God.
  • Surprised by Grace
    What a surprise it must have been for God to show up at that time and in that place before Jacob had done anything to right the wrongs he had done.
  • On Sowing Seeds
    Jesus describes the conditions of a heart ready to receive and bear the fruit of the gospel.
  • Tempted Towards Goodness
    The indwelling of the Holy Spirit draws us towards having the mind of Christ.
  • Lamp and Light
    God’s word is meant to enlighten and enliven.
  • Family Drama
    It seems inevitable that every family will have its own share of conflict, but that doesn’t mean that God cannot redeem these situations.
  • The Mystery of God
    The beautiful mystery of God is that we will never fully understand how God works.
  • Doing the Right Thing
    What are the things you do that you do not want to do?
  • Gracious and Merciful
    In this psalm of praise, God is compared to the ideal earthly king.
  • Matchmaker
    This story about Isaac and Rebekah reads like a romance novel.
  • Warm Welcome
    Welcoming a disciple of Jesus means receiving the very presence of Jesus himself and of the one who sent him, God the Father.
  • Delivered From and Delivered To
    What has following Jesus delivered you from and where has it taken you to?
  • How Long?
    Have there been times in your life when you feel God is distant? Has that distance ever felt so great that you wonder if God has forgotten you?
  • Looking Up
    Even when things seemed to be past the point of no return, Abraham was still looking up, still looking for God to rescue him from the unimaginable.
  • A Little Dose of Light
    What thoughts, attitudes, and positions in your heart and mind could use a little dose of light?
  • By No Means!
    Dying to our old selves and being raised in the life of Christ means we are no longer the same people we were.
  • Teach Me Your Way
    “Teach me your way,” is not my natural response to difficulties in life.
  • Desperate Cry
    Hagar cries out in desperation as her son slowly dies, but the Lord hears her cries and saves them both.
  • Jesus Changes His Mind
    In this story, we get a glimpse of how Jesus understands his mission and ministry up to this point.
  • The Way of Salvation
    What would it look like to be more Christlike in the way you love God and neighbor?
  • Return to Your Rest
    Because the Lord is gracious, righteous, and merciful, our souls can rest easily even as we acknowledge our worries and fears.
  • Is Anything too Wonderful?
    It’s no wonder Sarah laughs when she hears the promise that she will bear a child.
  • Following Faithfully
    Jesus shows us that extending welcome, healing, and hope are the benchmarks of faithfulness.
  • Grace: A Gift of Love
    Grace is given not because of what we’ve done, but because of who God is.
  • Call to Praise
    God is faithful to all of creation, breathing life into the heavens and the earth.
  • To Follow or Not to Follow
    When you have difficult decisions to make in life, what do you take into account?
  • Therefore, Go!
    How well are we living out our mission for and with Jesus?
  • Grace, Love, Communion
    Read 2 Corinthians 13:11-13. As Paul closes his second letter to the church of Corinth, he promotes unity and peace … Read more
  • Good Stewards
    In the story of creation, we are told humans are caretakers for all of creation, including the natural world and the rest of humankind.
  • And It Was Good!
    God created order out of chaos simply by breathing and speaking life into being.
  • Living Water
    “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,” Jesus says.
  • Unity in Diversity
    Paul proposes that unity in diversity is central to the common life of Christian community.
  • Everything in Balance
    This psalm points to the interconnectedness and balance of the created order.
  • No Language Barrier
    What “languages” do you need to learn to better share the Good News of Jesus Christ?
  • Looking Up or Looking Forward?
    As Jesus is lifted through the clouds, the disciples stand there, looking up at the sky.
  • After Suffering: Grace
    There is a word of grace here for those times when we feel we are unfairly suffering.
  • Superiority Complex
    This psalm celebrates the God of all nations.
  • Is This the Time?
    Even after his resurrection, Jesus’ disciples still believe that his mission is about politics
  • Adaptive Faith
    In what way do you think the Holy Spirit, the promised Advocate, helps you to adapt to unexpected change?
  • Evident Faith
    How do you remain hopeful in a world like the one in which we live in today?
  • Among the Living
    This psalm reminds us of the importance of “keeping among the living.”
  • Smooth Talker
    In God, we live and move and have our being.
  • Revealing Glory
    Just as Jesus revealed and glorified God in all that he did, by calling on his name, so can we.
  • Growth
    This reading challenges readers to desire those things that bring growth and spiritual maturity.
  • Trusting God’s Hand
    Do you have any prayers that you find yourself needing to say over and over?
  • On Forgiveness
    Most of us struggle with forgiving others even for small slights.
  • The Gatekeeper
    “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
  • Alignment, Strength, Courage
    Can you think of a time when you felt excluded or belittled for your beliefs?
  • I Don’t Need a Thing
    Sometimes, a reframing of the familiar brings it to life in a new way.
  • Together at the Table
    How do we, as a church, respond to new faces at the table?
  • We Had Hoped
    Jesus helps his disciples to move from “we had hoped” to “the Lord is risen indeed!”
  • Insiders and Outsiders
    In what ways might following Jesus set you apart from the prevailing culture in which we live?
  • God Protects the Simple
    In verse 6, we read, “The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.”
  • Straight to the Heart
    You can not go so far off the path of righteousness that God can’t forgive you, heal you, and make you whole.
  • On Doubt and Belief
    Like the other disciples, Thomas doesn’t come to the fullest faith until he has his own experience.
  • Indescribable Joy
    What relationships, experiences, and practices revive your heart and make your soul lively and vigorous?
  • The One, True God
    The theme of abundant life is repeated throughout the psalms as a reminder that true life comes from God alone.
  • Right and Wrong
    Much of human strife and division comes as a response to the question of what is right.
  • Calm and Committed
    As he is questioned, Jesus remains calm and committed to his mission, not striking back, not demeaning or belittling, not threatening.