Weekly Word

Jesus commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.

Jesus is always busy doing good, but he’s never in a hurry. Obstacles are placed in his way, but he remains calm. He also remains compassionate. The 8th chapter of Luke describes a really stress-packed week for Jesus. Yet Jesus isn't stressed.

For: 
June 23, 2019
Luke 8:26-39
Pentecost 2
God’s love has been poured into our hearts.

There’s a vicious circle that I often get stuck in; I think that because I am a Christian, I should always have the right answer, never have any doubts, and in practice, be a model of perfection. Guess what? I’m not perfect yet. 

For: 
June 16, 2019
Romans 5:1-5
Pentecost 2
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

We have not received a spirit of restrained language, rigid rules, repeated practice with fountain pen and paper; we have received fire.

For: 
June 9, 2019
Romans 8:14-17
Acts 2:1-21
Pentecost
Paul and Silas are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.

There are many people today who once they become Christians, become less valuable to their employers, because they aren’t willing to lie or do things that are unethical at work anymore. Christianity is a dangerous thing. In Acts 16 Paul and Silas went to jail because of the gospel of truth and justice.

For: 
May 28, 2019
Acts 16:16-23
Easter 7
“Come over to Macedonia and help us...”

Wherever we can get people together to pray, study the Bible, and worship, we can do Church. We do well to remember that local churches are supposed to reproduce. They are supposed to send their best out into the field to help other people have a congregation of their own. Does your church have sufficient charity and spiritual passion to give away its best leaders and start new congregation elsewhere?

For: 
May 26, 2019
Acts 16:9-15
Easter 6
"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another."

In too many governments around the world, and perhaps even here, the competitive spirit of partisanship and winning overtakes the basic task of government, that is to be in a healthy and positive relationship with the people. In too many churches, perhaps your own, the routine of being churchy has buried the joy of being in fellowship with each other and in love with Christ.

For: 
May 19, 2019
John 13:31-35
Easter 5
She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.

Each of us have been blessed by people who day after day did "good works and acts of charity." Shall I name Margaret? Shall I name Suzy Q? These people live on in our memories. They also live, which is the point of the story of Dorcas, because of the power of Christ's resurrection over death.

For: 
May 12, 2019
Acts 9:36-43
Luke 10:38-42
Easter 4
Mother's Day
"...for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me."

What does it mean to us? It means that Christ's resurrection was for everyone. Even those who are broken in the pit, can be drawn up.

For: 
May 5, 2019
Psalm 30
Easter 3
Holy Saturday vigil
The disciples said to Thomas, “We have seen the Lord.” John 20:25

We live in a era in which it is not proper to speak about the deep mystery of Easter. Okay, Jesus' resurrection gets one day. Why can't we be more like Mary and the disciples, who keep saying , “We have seen the Lord” until even Thomas believes it.

For: 
April 28, 2019
John 20:18-29
Easter 2
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb...

We receive on Easter morning the blessing that Jesus spoke to Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen, but believe.” Reflect upon all that you see. Come to faith, like Peter, or Mary, or John. Just come to faith.

For: 
April 21, 2019
John 20:1-18
Easter Morning

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