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”

Communion Gathering

August 27, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Corinthians 11 Communion blossoms from the words of Jesus. A key leader adds color to the adapted Passover evening. Adding to our understanding he writes, “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,and whenContinue reading “Communion Gathering”

Money for a Building

July 23, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 37:1 – 38:31   Please read the passage The Tabernacle was a packable, transportable, spiritually significant meeting place. God was Designer and Architect. The detailed construction story opened in Exodus 25. Bezalel’s work in building the traveling tent—the Tent of Meeting—the Tabernacle, is detailed in Exodus 37-38. For thoughtful disciplesContinue reading “Money for a Building”

A Pregnant Path

July 9, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5 Expectant women know that on a certain day—a delivery is coming. The precise hour of the clock, the bursting of new life, is typically an educated estimation. Pregnancy leads to labor and delivery, and hopefully abundant life. Words of promise surround the events of Christ’s promisedContinue reading “A Pregnant Path”