First Sunday in Lent 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because[a] if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For […]
Blow the trumpet in Zion;sound the alarm on my holy mountain!Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near—
Transfiguration/Last Epiphany C Luke 9:28-36 28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31They […]
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice […]
I don’t think that we can understand our purpose with other understanding our Identity. Jesus always began with showing people how God saw them. Jesus refused to identify the humanity of anyone with his or her work, whether it was fishing or tax collecting.
Why is there Suffering? HARD QUESTIONS Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Job and His Family 1 There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3 He had seven thousand […]
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures…
Here is the deal. God chooses to bring us into the world. God’s grace claims us and reclaims us over and over again. We don’t need to get all balled up over whether or not we are adequate or worthy. With the exception of Jesus, we are all unworthy and without hope save in God’s sovereign mercy.
2In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 3When King Herod heard this, he was […]
We tend to think of Christmas-season traditions as ancient, but most of them are rather recent, born in the 19th century. “A Visit From St. Nicholas” was published in 1823, and “A Christmas Carol” in 1843. Thomas Nast’s drawings of jolly Santa Claus debuted in 1862. Meanwhile, in 1841, Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert, had introduced […]