Monthly Archives: January 2013

Luke 4:21-30

Luke 4:21-30 There is an almost palpable sense of expectancy among the people of Nazareth in the public appearance of Jesus in the synagogue that day. When he “opens the scriptures,” they recognize his words as ones that are filled with “grace.” So what did… Continue reading

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 “And I will show you a still more excellent way.” In this familiar and beloved poem on love, Paul says, “Let me pull back the curtain a bit and let you in on a fantastic vision of life as prepared for you… Continue reading

Psalm 71:1-6

Psalm 71:1-6 She said that when she felt that she was being pulled in a direction she did not wish to go, “You’re putting words in my mouth.” Perhaps we have said such words a time or two. Here the psalmist almost seems to be… Continue reading

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Jeremiah 1:4-10 “The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah.” Tucked in these words is a wondrous surprise. Surely it is surprising when God’s Word comes to seek us out, especially when we may not be looking for it. When that word comes, it has… Continue reading

“And of his fulness have all we received.” John 1:16

“And of his fulness have all we received.” John 1:16 These words tell us that there is a fulness in Christ. There is a fulness of essential Deity, for “in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead.” There is a fulness of perfect manhood,… Continue reading

“Your heavenly Father.” Matthew 6:26

“Your heavenly Father.” Matthew 6:26 God’s people are doubly his children, they are his offspring by creation, and they are his sons by adoption in Christ. Hence they are privileged to call him, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Father! Oh, what precious word is… Continue reading

Luke 4:14-21 (NRSV)

Luke 4:14-21 (NRSV) 14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to… Continue reading

“Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler.” Psalm 91:3

“Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler.” Psalm 91:3 God delivers his people from the snare of the fowler in two senses. From, and out of. First, he delivers them from the snare–does not let them enter it; and secondly, if… Continue reading

Luke 4:14-21

Luke 4:14-21 “We need a mission statement.” Hospitals, corporations and congregations spend hours and hours crafting cogent and concise sentences that express their purpose. I’ve been involved in more than a few of those writing sessions. We have always emerged with fine statements. We have… Continue reading

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a My brother was an exemplary farmer. He tended the land, worked hard and respected the danger and power of the machinery that he worked with. But one day, he was in a hurry to dump a load of wheat and get back… Continue reading