Tag: jesus

The Torn Veil

Back at the beginning of the story, back in Genesis, Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden of Eden. There was no barrier between them. It was full communion. But then things changed, as they always do. We humans aren’t content in a world where we don’t define the terms. So Adam and Eve made their own rules,…

Descendant of Rahab

  Here the descendant of Rahab did not disdain the hospitality of Zaccaeus the publican. -William Smith, Nonconformist lexicographer and author of The Bible Names Dictionary-   We’ve been following Jesus, over the past month, as he makes his way from the small fishing towns of Galilee to the capital city of Jerusalem. Today brings us to the penultimate stop,…

The Tower, The Tree, and The Hen

We’ve moved, this week, from Luke chapter 10 to chapter 13. We’re skipping over some good stuff, and I suggest you take a couple minutes and read chapters 11 and 12. You’ll find things like the Lord’s Prayer, the observation that we put lamps on lampstands rather than in cellars, and Jesus’ advice to consider the ravens and the lilies…

Only One Thing: The Samaritan, Martha, and Mary

  Last week, we looked at the story of the Transfiguration. Peter, James, and John follow Jesus up the mountain to keep him company while he’s praying, but they fell asleep and didn’t wake up until Jesus was glowing and flanked by dead prophets. I mean, imagine what that must have been like. You nod off while the rabbi is…

Forgiveness and Mercy

Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. -from Luke 7 I am going to begin with a story that seemingly has nothing to do with today’s scripture. You may have heard me tell this story before. If so, bear with me. A long time ago, in a different place,…

Get In The Game

So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” -from Luke 7 What’s really going on in this passage? That’s probably something I should have looked at before I told Julie I would speak this morning…because there’s a LOT…

Go

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. Whenever you enter…

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Live Anew

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put…

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Sow

  “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”…

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Forgiveness

“…when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbersthat there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the…