Water Fish Bread

April 22, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 14 Many times disciples wish Jesus would intervene. The current tumult happening in and around Ukraine is no exception. Afghanistan is reportedly wild with hunger. We wish Jesus would immediately and providently bring relief. Jesus at one time did intervene. Do we wait on divine transactions for solutions?Continue reading “Water Fish Bread”

Easter Prayers; Not a Bunny In View

Good Friday, April 15, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: “He is risen as He said” Evil stalks many lands. We mourn the ongoing tragedies. Ukraine’s church buildings are not to be filled on Resurrection Sunday. Disciples accustomed to gathering in normal places may have to seek new settings. Those disciples long to see the conflict end,Continue reading “Easter Prayers; Not a Bunny In View”

Bleeding Woman

March 17, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 9 Matthew 9 is busy series of events. Heartfelt stories of compassion, belief and evil. Matthew presents a compelling compendium of pulsating life and truths about Jesus. Note how Matthew 9:1-26 unfolds. First up—During a busy time of personal interactions and group pressure Jesus provides an insight intoContinue reading “Bleeding Woman”

Framing Your Faith

November 5, 2021 Displayed in 88 words (NIV translation) 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 is a precisely mitered surround, emphasizing faith’s boundaries. Truthful confidence constructs the frame. If the piece is a childhood memento done with finger paints, framing the creation makes a statement for all to see: there is high-value here. This is part of ourContinue reading “Framing Your Faith”

Death Arrested

October 29, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 1 One writes, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.He was chosen before theContinue reading “Death Arrested”

Citizens of the City

October 15, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Hebrews 13 Doubling down, hope dreams of a different life. The first part of the double calls to faith’s named patriarch. “…for he [Abraham] was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” The double’s second half reminds all disciples: “For here we doContinue reading “Citizens of the City”

Planetary Travel and Disciples of Jesus

October 8, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Colossians 1 When believers are among those who some day travel to distant moons or galaxies, the constant truth shall remain: among all travelers in the universe God’s people chart trajectories requiring endurance and patience. We celebrate God’s provision knowing our need for endurance and patience will continue regardlessContinue reading “Planetary Travel and Disciples of Jesus”

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”

Animosity Received

Scripture resource Passage: John 15 Animosity sent, received and understood bruises my soul. “I don’t like you and neither does anyone else!” Hard to take. Many early disciples experienced the brutality revealed in Jesus’ words: “…As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That isContinue reading “Animosity Received”

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”