Monthly Archives: May 2018

Mark 2:23 — 3:6

Mark 2:23 — 3:6 Technically, Jesus’ disciples are breaking the law as they walk through the grain fields on a Sabbath day. Case law had determined that the “work” of plucking violated the command to rest on the Sabbath. But Jesus suggests that a case… Continue reading

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

2 Corinthians 4:5-12   Clay jars break, as every archeologist knows. Modern bottles break too. So ordinarily, we pour from fragile vessels in the manner for which the bottles are designed, carefully, so that none of the treasure is lost. It would be foolish, messy… Continue reading

Psalm 81:1-10

Psalm 81:1-10   It’s interesting that today’s reading focuses only on the first half of this psalm–the half that recalls God’s blessings and promise of grace to come. The final six verses that we pass over describe a God who is grieved by children who… Continue reading

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 In my particular Bible, the “heading” for this week’s psalm, which we’ll look at tomorrow, is “God’s Appeal to Stubborn Israel.” Indeed the commandments, and all of the law, are for the purpose of mitigating bad behavior which results from our stubborn, “I’ll… Continue reading

“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,”

“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” ELW 631, verses 2-4   Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n, to earth come down! Fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art; visit us… Continue reading

John 17:6-19

John 17:6-19   Today’s entire reading from the Gospel of John is part of a prayer made by a son to his father. Jesus is going down the checklist, as if his father had asked whether he had completed the chores that were assigned. I’ve… Continue reading

John 3:1-17

John 3:1-17   God said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live: (Numbers 21:8). If you have ever been to the doctor, a hospital or a clinic you may… Continue reading

Romans 8:12-17

Romans 8:12-17   Paul uses the word “flesh” to represent sin, death and the devil–a chasing after other gods, in other words breaking the First Commandment. The choice for Paul could not be clearer: life in Jesus or death in sin.   The irony that… Continue reading

Psalm 29

Psalm 29   “Ascribe to the Lord” (ATTL) doesn’t have the same ring to it as WWJD, “What Would Jesus Do?” but is sort of its partner in meditative reflection on discipleship. When was the last time you “ascribed” something to the Lord? Ascribing is… Continue reading

Reckless Words

Reckless Words by Joni   “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 When God created the world, He spoke it into being. When Jesus walked the earth, He spoke and the lame were healed. When Peter… Continue reading