Category: The Word of the Lord

Isaiah 43:16-21

Isaiah 43:16-21 Things happen with Israel’s God! The prophet recalls the Exodus, God’s revolutionary making of a way through the sea. The prophet warns against staying focused on the treasured resource of the past, for God is “about to do a new thing.” He speaks… Continue reading

There,s a Wideness in God,s Mercy

There,s a Wideness in God,s Mercy This is another song of praise for the abundant, amazing mercy and grace of God that welcomes us home with our brother and friend, Jesus. How wide is the mercy and grace of God? It is as wide as… Continue reading

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace Amazing grace! That’s the song of the prodigal son who felt like a wretch who shared a bed with prostitutes and ended up eating in a pig pen. But deep within his soul, he knew this was not his real home. This was… Continue reading

Luke 15:3, 11-32

Luke 15:3, 11-32 The elder child continues to believe the slanderous gossip about Jesus and holds a grudge against his returning wayward sibling. No welcome mat at home from the brother! The loving, forgiving Father embodies the gossip about Jesus that is the gospel. No… Continue reading

Luke 15:1-2

Luke 15:1-2 The gossip about Jesus in these verses leads Jesus to tell a story about the prodigal child who certainly was a subject for gossip among the neighbors. The religious authorities of that day were appalled that Jesus would enter conversation with notorious tax… Continue reading

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation … see, everything has become new.” What a promise! Ponder what that means for each one of us. This dangles before our eyes new possibilities and surprising opportunities. While this is… Continue reading

Psalm 32

Psalm 32 If someone has a blockage in the body and it is not removed, that person will get very sick and may die. The Psalmist talked about a blockage in his or her relationship with God. Like a stubborn mule, no repentance or confession… Continue reading

Joshua 5:9-12

Joshua 5:9-12 Home. It is meant to be a place of love, support, growth, forgiveness, encouragement, honesty and new beginnings. Later this week, we will get a closer view of the grace of homecoming when a wayward son returns home. Homeland. Countries value their homeland… Continue reading

We Walk By Faith and Not by Sight

We Walk By Faith and Not by Sight We walk by faith and not by sight; With gracious words draw near, O Christ, who spoke as none e’er spoke: “My peace be with you here.” In perhaps the most quoted chapter Paul ever wrote, he… Continue reading

Stay With Us

Stay With Us Stay with us, till night has come: Our praise to you, this day be sung, Bless our bread, open our eyes: Jesus, be our great surprise. Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote a poem in the 1960s that included the words: “I am waiting for… Continue reading