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July 29, 2018

2 Samuel 11:1-15; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine …”

I see Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, potentially today, encouraging us to use our imaginations a l...

July 26, 2018

A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. John 6: 2

One of the favorite places that I visited, during my first trip to Israel-Palestine, was the Church of the Multiplication of Fishes and Loaves in Tabgha, Galilee. I am...

July 22, 2018

2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

I was recently captivated by a story that was made into a film called Risen which follows a tribune, a soldier in charge of a garrison of Romans in Jerusalem at the time of Christ’s crucifixion. Po...

July 19, 2018

As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. Mark 6: 34

In Mark’s Gospel, by Mark 6, Jesus was becoming so well known that he couldn’t go anywhere withou...

July 15, 2018

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

This story of John the Baptist is a bit curious, isn’t it? It is dramatic, full of tragedy and confusion, and foreshadows in a very obvious way the passion and death of Jesus Christ. He was the voice cryin...

July 12, 2018

 In him [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. Ephesians 1: 7

How often do we have the opportunity to use the word lavish in a sentence? Not nearly enough, am I right?...

July 8, 2018

There is a great paradigm or paradox in scripture (what else is new, right?). In the Old Testament those that have much are generally the ones that God seems to favor: kings, particularly, or other religious leaders like Samuel, even while the prophets call those peopl...

July 5, 2018

Jesus sends the disciples out with essentially nothing. No extra food, clothing, no money (in case they get into a financial bind). They are only to take a walking staff to steady themselves along the way. They are, it would seem, at the mercy of the world. Jesus is no...

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