Monthly Archives: January 2016

“Oh Wondrous Image, Vision Fair ‘

“Oh Wondrous Image, Vision Fair ‘   Oh, wondrous image, a vision fair That glory of the church apr share, Which Christ upon the mountain shows, the where brighter than the sun, they Glows!   With Moses and Elijah nigh the’incarnate Lord holds converse high,… Continue reading




“Oh Wondrous Image, Vision Fair ‘

“Oh Wondrous Image, Vision Fair ‘   Oh, wondrous image, a vision fair That glory of the church apr share, Which Christ upon the mountain shows, the where brighter than the sun, they Glows!   With Moses and Elijah nigh the’incarnate Lord holds converse high,… Continue reading




Luke 4:21-30 # 2

  Luke 4:21-30 # 2 Naaman, the Syrian foreigner, was the only leper who was cleansed in the time of the prophet Elisha, even when there were plenty of lepers in Israel who could have benefited from that healing. Even as he proclaimed the year… Continue reading




Luke 4:21-30

  Luke 4:21-30 The Common English Bible translation livens up this synagogue scene: “Everyone was raving about Jesus, so impressed were they by the gracious words flowing from his lips. They said, ‘This is Joseph’s son, isn’t it?'” The Nazarenes’ response was reasonable–in fact, it… Continue reading




1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 The child does not understand everything; even we who are older still see only in a mirror. An old mirror will serve us best for seeing Paul’s point. A modern mirror lit by electric lights gives back too sharp an image, one… Continue reading




Psalm 71:1-6

Psalm 71:1-6 Again…from the womb. Young Jeremiah heard that he was set apart “before being created in the womb.” The aged psalmist declares God’s dependability, known since the moment of birth. God “cut the cord” as the child emerged from the mother’s womb. Of course… Continue reading




Jeremiah 1:4-10

Jeremiah 1:4-10 The wonder and power of a calling is that God can transform what we take to be limits into gifts for good. Jeremiah was too young to be a prophet, so God put the necessary words into his fresh mouth. When I was… Continue reading




“Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun”

“Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun” Awake, my soul, and with the sun thy daily stage of duty run; shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise to pay thy morning sacrifice. All praise to thee, who safe hast kept and hast refreshed me while… Continue reading




“Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun”

“Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun” Awake, my soul, and with the sun thy daily stage of duty run; shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise to pay thy morning sacrifice. All praise to thee, who safe hast kept and hast refreshed me while… Continue reading




Luke 4:14-21 # 2

Luke 4:14-21 # 2 Yesterday we heard Jesus portraying himself as the servant of God foretold by Isaiah. If that claim were not shocking enough, he ended with one more surprise: “This day it is being fulfilled even in your hearing!” All they could think… Continue reading