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Our Job Is To Grow Together

Today, I’d like to share at least three reasons why the Master, Jesus, said “no” to those who want to pull the weeds up from the field.

October 17, 2021

Not Out of Our Abundance But Out of Our Need

Today’s passage tells us about a time that Jesus sent out his disciples. What Jesus asked of the disciples was to preach the kingdom of God, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to cleanse the outcast, and to cast out demons.

October 10, 2021

Talking One Way and Acting Another

In today’s passage, the disciples struggled with living in a tension between inclusiveness and exclusiveness. And Jesus said to the disciples, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.” Preserving the power of his own group was not a priority for Jesus. If good were being done by others, their actions were to be affirmed.

September 26, 2021

God’s Values are Not Our Values

In today’s passage, Jesus offered a window to imagine how the kingdom of God on Earth should look, where the first shall be last and the last shall be first, and she or he must be servant of all. Then, Jesus showed the disciples what he meant by taking a little child in his arms.

September 19, 2021

God’s Values Are Not Our Values

In today’s passage, Jesus offered a window to imagine how the kingdom of God on Earth should look, where the first shall be last and the last shall be first, and she or he must be servant of all. Then, Jesus showed the disciples what he meant by taking a little child in his arms.

September 19, 2021

How We Misinterpret What Is Important to God

In the passage, the Pharisees, and the scribes, clothed in righteousness, came upon Jesus and his disciples in a moment of rest. For the Pharisees, the hand washing was the issue of spiritual purity and was considered an integral part of Jewish faith and identity.

August 29, 2021

A Lit Match for a Pile of Wet Sticks

In today’s passage, Jesus’s visitation of his hometown was much different from visiting other places. Jesus was their hometown boy, so they all filed in to hear him, smiling and nudging each other before Jesus even got started, at least until they heard what Jesus had to say.

August 22, 2021

Stop Seeking a Scapegoat Out There

In today’s passage, the Pharisees had been following their rules a very long time—both the written Torah, given to them directly by Moses, and the oral Torah, developed by faithful rabbis over hundreds of years. They were lay people, not priests, but they adopted priestly standards for themselves.

August 8, 2021

A Real Inconvenient Truth

What Jesus, in today’s passage, tells us about is the divisions that occur between parents and children, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives when Jesus walks into our lives. In short, a whole house full of slamming doors and a dinner table is empty—all because of Jesus.

August 1, 2021

What is Our First Priority

Today’s passage tells us that we cannot be the disciples of Christ unless we hate our families, carry our crosses, and give up all our possessions.

July 25, 2021

The Power of the Powerless

Today’s passage, the Zebedee brothers, James and John, are thinking of a typical power like most of us.

July 18, 2021

The Lure of Reward

In today’s passage, we see another superhero-character, the prophet Jeremiah. “Violence and destruction!” That was the message God had given him to proclaim, although there was no evidence that the message seemed true.

July 11, 2021

A Source of the Healing Power

In today’s passage, we just heard the story of Naaman, a national hero and a commander of the army of Syria. For Naaman, everything would look perfect, with one exception. He had leprosy, in other words, Hansen’s disease.

July 4, 2021

Looking For a False God Inside of Us

In the passage, the king erected a huge golden statue in Babylon - nine feet wide and ninety feet high. When the band began to play for the ceremonial dedication, everyone who heard it fell on their faces, except Daniel’s three friends—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

June 27, 2021

What Makes a Hero a Hero

What makes us think of King David as a hero?

June 20, 2021

Forgiveness Is An Act of Transformation

Peter, in today’s passage, was the one who experienced what forgiveness means.

June 13, 2021

What Makes Us Who We Are As Christians

As Peter said in the passage, whom he met and what he did were pretty risky. His Jewish brothers may jump all over him. Why had Peter gone to that house? And what had Peter done in terms of eating unclean food?

June 6, 2021

What Should We Do Now

In the passage, Peter’s heart-felt sermon sounded very simple and its application seems very straightforward—just a three-step procedure—repent, be baptized, and receive the Spirit.

May 30, 2021

The Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit

What is clear from the passage is that the disciples had been transformed by the Holy Spirit.

May 23, 2021

The Ordinary People With the Extraordinary Gospel

In today’s passage, the disciples got together to choose Judas’s replacement among the two candidates—Matthias and Justus. These two were found to meet the criteria as spoken by Peter, but only one would be selected.

May 16, 2021