You Are My Refuge

Psalm 91 is the text for this Sunday. The psalm comes second in the section of Psalms, commonly called Book IV.   We don’t exactly know what its function is as there is no superscription (like Psalm 90 or Psalm 92).  It has elements of being some sort of liturgy when one entered the Temple …

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Pray for Everyone

1 Timothy 2:1-7 is our scripture for this Sunday. Paul is giving Timothy a list of instructions.  First and foremost:  Pray!  Pray for neighbors, strangers, friends, enemies, and those in authority.  Why?  Because it pleases God!  It pleases God to have that holy conversation when we lift up people in prayer whether they are experiencing …

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Christ’s Purpose

Our scripture for Sunday is 1 Timothy 1:12-17. Paul starts out with a thank you.  A thank you for what?  He gives Christ thanks for being appointed to the ministry of preaching and teaching, even though Paul used to be the main adversary for the early Church.  He used to hunt down followers of “The …

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Jeremiah

This Sunday, we will be in Jeremiah 2:1-13. God had a difficult call for the Prophet Jeremiah to the people of Judah.  It is the final years of the southern kingdom’s existence before their fall to the Babylonians in 587 BCE.  God is giving the people every chance to turn from their ways and follow …

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Our Compassionate Savior

Our scriptures for this Sunday come from Psalm 103:1-8 and Luke 13:10-17. Compassion is a central theme in both passages.  In Psalm 103:8, the LORD is compassionate and full of mercy.  In Luke 13:12-13, Jesus looks with compassion onto the woman who has been bent over for over 18 years and heals her. Our God …

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Rise Up, God!

This Sunday, our scripture is Psalm 82. It’s a peculiar psalm that starts out with the Psalmist painting a picture of God speaking to a divine council.  God accuses these gods of favoring wicked practices such as failing to provide for orphans, widows, and destitute while siding with the powerful. Furthermore,  God declares to the …

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Perfectly Pointless

Our scripture readings for this Sunday can be found here. The author of Ecclesiastes writes about worrying.  Worrying about his legacy, worrying about his hard work falling into someone else’s hands after he dies, and worrying about who is worthy to take over the work. In his parable from Luke, Jesus talks about a rich …

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Follow Me

This Sunday, we are in 2 Kings 2:1-14 and Luke 9:51-62. The mantle is about to be passed from Elijah to Elisha in 2 Kings.  In Luke 9, three people encounter Jesus and, well, he tells them like it is!  In both passages, there’s denial. Elisha doesn’t want to acknowledge the fact that his beloved …

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One in Christ Jesus

Our scripture this Sunday is Galatians 3:19-29. There’s been some controversy in the Galatian Church and Paul is not happy!  Fraudulent preachers have infiltrated the Galatian church and are undermining his work.  They are saying that one must follow the Law (given by Moses) in order to be a Christian. Paul declares: “Not so!”  The …

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Trinity Sunday

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday and our scriptures are Psalm 8 and Romans 5:1-5. The Trinity is hard to explain.  In the hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy!  Lord God Almighty!”, we sing in the first stanza:  “God in three persons, blessed Trinity!”  And while understanding the Trinity will take an eternity, I do want to lift …

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