Giving Thanks

November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! The above passage is one of my favorites and is one that continues to be chosen by many couples for use in their wedding ceremony. I think verse 15 is a perfect reminder for us today: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.

Stopping to Thank

November 22, 2017

As Jesus enters a village, 10 lepers approach him and call out for Jesus to have Master mercy on them. They are desperate for healing, but as unclean people, they are forbidden to rush up to Jesus. Jesus agrees to heal them, and he does so by giving an unusual command:

Tale of Two Sisters: Part 2

November 21, 2017

Mary: Attention to the Living Word Jesus said Mary chose better. She chose being near and listening to Jesus over preparing the meal. While Martha wanted to get things done, Mary felt that some things were worth stopping for—especially Jesus. Both sisters were trying to love the Lord.

Tale of Two Sisters: Part 1

November 20, 2017

Martha: Hospitality and Service Jesus unexpectedly decides to drop in on Martha and her sister, Mary, Martha’s first impulse was to get something prepared in the kitchen. Mary chooses to stay with Jesus. The way this story is set up, it seems like Luke wants to pit the sisters against each other and have us choose sides. We will take a different approach.

Transition

November 18, 2017

We are constantly in transition, at every age, giving up what has been to grab hold of what is yet to be. This is the nature of life. As soon as we think we have this thing figured out, something changes or shifts and we have to learn a new way. It is often in these vulnerable times of unrest and uncertainty that God can do the most work.

Roots

November 17, 2017

The Bible speaks of the soul often. This verse about is one of the most misunderstood statements about the soul in the Bible. Jesus asks, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Many people think this means it does no good to get a lot of money and pleasure if you end up spending eternity in hell.

Friends

November 16, 2017

This passage precedes the Last Supper as told in the gospel of Luke. Jesus has sent the apostles ahead of him to prepare the Passover meal. In verse 14, once they were all gathered in the upper room, they “reclined” around the table. I can just imagine them getting comfortable, laughing, talking about their day, relaxing and settling in for the evening.

Being Real with God

November 15, 2017

Psalm 88 is not one we tend to use for daily devotional reading. It is a lament, a cry for help. But if you are like me, you can probably relate to these verses from time to time. Most of us experience periods when we feel God is distant or times when we wonder if God is ignoring us.

No Fear in Love

November 14, 2017

That shooting. In a church. In small-town Texas. The tragedy, pain and confusion are overwhelming. Add it to the natural disasters in recent months and another mass shooting in Las Vegas last month, and we as a people are weary. We are overcome with sadness and fear.

Expectations

November 13, 2017

In this passage, Jesus, a Jew, is talking with other Jews. They continue to question him about his true identity. Jesus has told them over and over and he has demonstrated many times that he is the Chosen One, the Messiah, the Son of God.

The Good Steward

November 11, 2017

This piece of scripture is dense. I would like to draw specific attention to verse 18: The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, And whoever protects their master will be honored.

Grace Upon Grace

November 10, 2017

It is Friday, which means that it is almost the weekend and we deserve to celebrate. So today, let us boast all the more gladly about our weaknesses in the name of the Lord.

First Things First

November 9, 2017

The two lines, “Let me be full… let me have all things,” tend to be pretty easy to sing. “Let me be empty… let me have nothing,” tend to make me cringe inside. Do you agree?

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

November 8, 2017

What makes you happy? If someone were to ask me this on a random whim, I think I would say things like family, friends, coffee, Chipotle, cats, my job, oh and God! What would you say? Make a list of the things that fill your spirit with joy.

Jesus Paid It All

November 7, 2017

Of course, there is a scripture like this used in a devotional focus of generosity. Right? I mean, this is what you would expect, but I feel often when we see scriptures such as these we are quick to move past it because this may seem rather obvious to how we are called to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.