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November 5, 2018

John 11:32-44 provokes thoughtful reflection on All Saints Sunday.  An accusation:  "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died," is central to reflection, especially when we read that Jesus stood NEXT to Mary, weeping with her. After Lazarus emerges fr...

October 15, 2018

Mark 10:17-31 is an excellent adult ed classroom!  The 'student' (a man) asked Jesus a simple question that led to challenging response from Jesus.  "What must I do to inherit eternal life?"  Jesus reminds him of the last 4 of The 10 Commandments, but, adds:  "You lack...

October 8, 2018

Mark 10:2-16 is a perplexing text.  "Some Pharisees came, and to text him they asked...". In this text Jesus calls the church to be vulnerable, to change understandings, to include the lives of women and children in the ministry of care and concern.  Today's world is n...

September 30, 2018

James 5:13-30 suggests the importance of anointing the sick with oil, in the name of the Lord. But, the individuals to be called are the elders of the church, not the pastor(s), for example the three pictured here who combined have 155 years of service in ministry.  Pa...

September 23, 2018

Mark 9:30-37 reminds believers to put others first. The James 3- 4 text ends with the provocative challenge to submit ourselves to God and to show others the wisdom of God in acts of peace,  gentleness,  mercy and impartiality to others.   The love of God in Christ is...

September 16, 2018

Mark 8:27-38 doesn't allow us to hide behind what others say.  Jesus asks us to say who he is before we are ready to grasp what purpose Jesus has with us.  He is one who suffers and dies; one who serves, not conquers; one who gives,  not takes; and one who loves,  not...

September 10, 2018

Mark 7:24-30 reminds us that a strong, Syrophoenician woman persisted in asking Jesus to heal her daughter.  Persistence has deep Biblical roots; Pray and be open to hearing responses that might not be what you anticipate - or hope for.  But, be persistent.  Keep askin...

August 17, 2018

Ephesians 5:3-14    As a younger person – it was so many years ago – decisions seemed easier; my opinions seemed stronger and clearer.  Things got messier as I aged – it just is not as black and white. 

These verses tell us to live as children of the Ligh...

August 13, 2018

One can't catch a breath when reading this text...honestly, how does Paul expect us to accomplish this long list of faith-filled life practices?  "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us...,," can be a part of our walk i...

August 8, 2018

 In Ephesians 4.17-24, we hear of the risks of turning back to an old way of life.  Paul writes that to turn back to a way of life way from God is to experience futility of minds, darkness of understanding, ignorance and hardness of heart. One who lives in such a...

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