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”

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”

Friendship with God

August 6, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: John 1 Loneliness challenges the heart. Isolated and without personal or divine connection, my soul’s dry dryness causes me to shrivel. We become unrecognizable. When life is a desert we look for water and shade from the noon-day heat lest spiritual thirst destroy us.  Drink deeply. Jesus, the refreshingContinue reading “Friendship with God”

Sacred Work

July 30, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 36 Common sense, spiritual sense and yes, it is the tradition of our people. Different tasks assigned and accepted, according to differing abilities. The strategy makes good sense. Holiness accentuates our work. The gifting of God, caused by God, granted by God, placed by God, Potter to theContinue reading “Sacred Work”

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”

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”

The Imperfect Disciple

June 18, 2021 When the Spotlight Feels Like Fire Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 6 Moses’ words of self-description, “…I speak with faltering lips,” are emotionally bracketing bookends within his soul (Exodus 6:12 & 30). Today’s Scripture resource is held together with identical-twin statements.  When we repeat our words and phrases, when we repeat ourselves inContinue reading “The Imperfect Disciple”