Rip Roaring Spiritual Stories

September 18, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Mark 12:1-12 –please don’t skip reading the resource passage Stories with life-changing turbulence flow from Jesus like waters over Victoria Falls.  Truth tumbles over and into the lives of those around him. Some stories (today’s passage), are immediately understood by everyone. Some of his stories are meant to disguise spiritualContinue reading “Rip Roaring Spiritual Stories”

Not About the Water

September 3, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Acts 2-16 see the closing lines of the Life Applications for specifics Baptism into Christ verifies belief. God calls. The Spirit prompts. Then, at baptism a new disciple gives public voice to the Faith, as Christ draws another person to himself (John 12:32) Accompanied by words of hearing, belief,Continue reading “Not About the Water”

Pretentious Spirituality

August 20, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Galatians 5:1-26  Pretentious spirituality can deceptively lead disciples for a walk in the low-land of foolishness. Carefully investigating the life of Jesus while employing the wisdom of the Spirit, sometimes corrects this low-land hike, taking us to a better and higher country. Spirituality can descend to special days, specialContinue reading “Pretentious Spirituality”

Few Immediate Answers

Friday, August 13, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Hebrews 9:1 – 28 Your reading time will be worth the investment. We wait. Most of us like immediate answers. Ask for a hamburger now, and in less than two minutes it should be in my hands.  Small children are headliners when it comes to patience. When theContinue reading “Few Immediate Answers”

As The Imperfect Disciple

July 2, 2021 Two posts for Imperfect Disciples are available for your reflection. Check them out by date. April 6, 2021 June 17, 2021 These are the first posts in an occasional series which continues throughout the year. Grace and peace to each of you. To all friends throughout the United States of America–happy JulyContinue reading “As The Imperfect Disciple”

Training Days

June 25, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 23 During training days, when the people of God were being called, formed and enlightened as to their new identity, specific instructions were provided. Exodus 23 specifies a few of these, some of which remain among the elementary truths of our Faith: “Do not spread false reports. Do notContinue reading “Training Days”

Money, Money, Money

Financial Peace Through Generosity May 14, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 2 Corinthians 9:7-15 Disciples gathered, could be known as groups of generous people. It’s a good choice. The instruction is precise: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion…” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Today’s Scripture resource passageContinue reading “Money, Money, Money”

Mutual Submission-Soul Food

April 30, 2021 The rubric to succeeding sections of the Ephesian’s letter, if you will permit me to identify it as such, is central to each believer’s spiritual diet: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase The Message provides a meal in these words: “Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverentContinue reading “Mutual Submission-Soul Food”

Diversity in Abundance

April 23, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Corinthians 12 Extra resources are included at the end of today’s blog. Hopefully you will find them helpful. Today’s Scripture resource passage proclaims diversity.  As it was at Creation, the profound presence of the Spirit encourages disciples’ appreciation for God’s expressive universe (Genesis 1:2). Christ’s churches are filled withContinue reading “Diversity in Abundance”