Fulfilled January 21, 2022
Then Jesus began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Unity and Diversity January 20, 2022
According to Paul, unity within diversity is an ideal for which we should strive.
The Law January 19, 2022
The words of scripture revive the soul, give wisdom, enlighten, and even give warning.
Lift Your Heads January 18, 2022
According to Nehemiah, we should not become mired in shame. Instead, we should celebrate God’s grace and find joy that the Lord gives us the strength to try again, to do better, to be drawn into a deeper understanding of how God would have us be in the world.
What Mother Says January 14, 2022
Regardless of his initial reticence, Jesus obeys his mother, far exceeding her expectations, turning water into the best wine anyone there had ever tasted.
Many Gifts January 13, 2022
In this passage, Paul is reminding the church that within the body of Christ, there are a variety of gifts.
The Goodness of God January 12, 2022
This psalm invites us to consider the effect of sin on our relationships and on what we contribute to the world.
A New Name January 11, 2022
Is there power in a name?
Baptized January 7, 2022
This is a story that invites us to think about what our baptism, what God’s claim on us, means in our lives.
Good News January 6, 2022
We, too, are to be bearers of good news to all people, even and especially to those we might otherwise think of as unworthy or unacceptable.
Glory! January 5, 2022
Will we use the strength and power that is within us to hurt and destroy? Or will we use it for blessing and for peace?
Precious January 4, 2022
The promises God makes to Israel in these passages point to the intimacy between the Creator and the created.
Seeking Jesus December 31, 2021
To truly give ourselves over to Christ means that some things in our lives will be threatened – our self-dependence, our self-righteousness, or self-interest.
Fellow Heirs December 30, 2021
Paul insists that Gentiles have become ‘fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.’
A Righteous King December 29, 2021
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
Arise, Shine December 28, 2021
In this, we read a calling for all of God’s people, no matter where they are, no matter their station in life, to lift their eyes from the darkness and the chaos of the world.
Pondering December 24, 2021
How could you respond more prayerfully and contemplatively to events in your life?
Clothed in Love December 23, 2021
God has chosen you and your response should be to clothe yourself with all the characteristics of Christ.
Alleluia! Alleluia! December 22, 2021
In this call to praise, the psalmist urges all of creation to join a universal chorus of thanksgiving.
Presence December 21, 2021
Service to God was an everyday part of Samuel’s life from a young age and he managed to do it in ways that was both pleasing to God and to the people around him.
Comfort and Joy December 17, 2021
The wisdom of Elizabeth’s years allowed her to bring comfort and joy to Mary.
Incarnation December 16, 2021
This time of year, we think about the importance of Jesus taking on flesh to show us how far God would go for love of the world.
Mary’s Song December 15, 2021
Mary was able to look beyond the implications of what this pregnancy would mean for her in the short-term and see the big picture of what God was doing.
Hopes and Fears December 14, 2021
As people who are living in our own fearful times, these are promising words for us.
Active Transformation December 10, 2021
John’s message is an urgent warning that we should take nothing for granted, that the best time to turn back to God is now.
Practice Joy December 9, 2021
For some, practicing joy is as natural as breathing, but for the rest of us, it takes a bit more work.
Shout and Sing December 8, 2021
What, in your life, do you celebrate joyfully?
Promises December 7, 2021
There are consequences for our actions, some beneficial and others difficult to bear, but through it all is God’s steadfast love.
Voice in the Wilderness December 3, 2021
From the very beginning of their lives, John and Jesus are intended to be an important part of God’s redemption of the world.
Work in Progress December 2, 2021
In this reading, Paul celebrates with joy the change and the growth he sees among the followers of Jesus at Philippi.
Breaking Light December 1, 2021
Reflecting on God’s work in the past and looking forward to God’s continuing work in the future is a helpful way for God’s work in the present to be revealed to us.
The Messenger November 30, 2021
What do you think it means for God to lay claim to us?
Be Present November 26, 2021
We should be present to each moment, living as if this were the day that the kingdom of God would come in its fullest expression.
Abounding in Love November 25, 2021
Among other things, Paul gives thanks for the gift of the church.
Clean Slate November 24, 2021
The hope found in this psalm is that our past sins do not define us.
Righteous Branch November 23, 2021
In a world that might seem like it is in ruins, God promises new life.
Kingdoms and Truth November 19, 2021
In this discourse between Pilate and Jesus, we have a contrast between earthly kingdoms and the kingdom the Jesus taught and lived.
A New Turn November 18, 2021
Could it be that the devastation, strife, and chaos that seem to be the hallmarks of these days are actually signs that the world is turning towards a new age of Jesus’ reign – one characterized by justice, equity, and peace?
Places of Worship November 17, 2021
Unified as a nation, David sought to secure a “proper home” for God, a destination for pilgrims from many different places.
Legacy November 16, 2021
It seems natural to hope that the good we’ve done outweighs the bad.
Birth Pangs November 12, 2021
Could it be that everything we are suffering through today is leading to something new that God is birthing?
Provoked to Love November 11, 2021
If we practice our faith in isolation, there is no one to call attention to our growth, to encourage us in our discipleship, or to challenge us to be more loving and kind.
Big, Big God November 10, 2021
This psalm is a call to praise the name of the Lord from sunrise to sunset, from this moment into eternity.
Desperation November 9, 2021
To Hannah, her only hope for a better future was to have a child. In desperation, she bargains with God.
Contrast November 5, 2021
Jesus contrasts the scribes, who make a good show of their faith, with the widow, who quietly gives what she can.
Repetition November 4, 2021
Jesus, in offering himself as the perfect sacrifice for all of humankind, freed us from the power of sin and freed us for living more fully into our identity as children of God.
Home November 3, 2021
This is a celebration of family as it should be.
Consolation November 2, 2021
After suffering the loss of her husband and sons, after enduring the journey home and the struggle of securing basic sustenance, Naomi holds her consolation – her redemption – her reason for hope – against her breast.
Civil Discourse October 29, 2021
In our current cultural climate, civil discourse might well be found on the endangered species list.
Living Faith October 28, 2021
By the shedding of Jesus’ blood, we are cleansed of the ‘dead works’ and freed to worship the living God.
Lifelong Praise October 27, 2021
The spiritual life according to Evelyn Underhill
Presence October 26, 2021
Where you go, I will go;
where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God.
Blind Faith October 22, 2021
Bartimaeus had a vision for what his life could be if only Jesus would show him mercy.
On Prayer October 21, 2021
Even now, Jesus continues to intercede on our behalf, offering the prayers we don’t realize we need and aligning our prayers with the will of God.
Continual Praise October 20, 2021
To continually praise God means we view all of life through the lens of God’s care, provision, and presence.
Seeing Clearly October 19, 2021
Now Job sees that living a life of faith isn’t about putting on a good show for the people around him.
True Greatness October 15, 2021
True greatness comes in modeling our lives on the One who showed us what servant leadership looks like.
On the Sins of Others October 14, 2021
We all struggle with dealing gently when it comes to the wrongdoing of others.
Celebration of Creation October 13, 2021
This psalm is a celebration of God’s creativity and wisdom in ordering a universe in which all things are connected.
Q & A October 12, 2021
Sometimes the answers are not for us to know. That can be hard for us to accept when we live in a world that demands answers to everything and when we have so much information right at our fingertips.
On Wealth October 8, 2021
Jesus challenges the man to redefine his relationship with his material possessions, but he does it in love. Read Mark 10:17-31. In this passage, it’s […]
Confession & Grace October 7, 2021
To receive grace as a gift, we must first acknowledge our need for it. Read Hebrews 4:12-16. The first half of this reading reminds us […]
Glimpses of Light October 6, 2021
Even in our despair, God offers glimpses of light in the darkness. Read Psalm 22:1-15. Jesus, on the cross, echoed this psalm of despair. He […]
If Only October 5, 2021
We cannot change the past. We can, however, choose how we live and respond to the world around us today.