ESL at Woodland

By Diana Bridges The world has come to San Antonio and now it’s coming to our church. After months of dreaming and planning, ESL at Woodland is a reality. On Monday of week one, fourteen students from seven countries came in for the placement test. They’ve been divided into three classes and the learning (for…

Love

By Chris Rogers 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Merry Christmas! Or even better yet, Joyous Christmas! And even better still, Loving Christmas! Today’s reading is the Bible’s classic Love Chapter. The classic it is, but it is never, ever static, nor shall it ever be! Worthy of being etched in marble? Most certainly! Old, dead, passé, irrelevant,…

The Source of Love

By Carol Hagler John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, you must love one another. Our culture often describes a favorable impression of some event, thing, or person as love. As in, “I love that gift you found!” “ Don’t you just love his sense of humor?” My…

Behind the Gift

By Randy Edwards 1 Peter 1:8 As children, we gain lot of joy from receiving Christmas gifts. Gifts all wrapped up and placed carefully under the tree. Gifts about which we can wonder and guess and get all excited! Gifts which, on Christmas morning, we can tear into to finally discover all the fun stuff…

Magnificat

By Garrett Vickrey Luke 1:46b-55 Be convicted. We need this song of Mary. We need it before we give another gift. Before we shop for that last gift. Before we meet at the manger. We need to be reminded by Mary of what this season is all about. We need to be reminded that the…

Joy

By Norm Dugas Psalm 40:1-6 “Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King.” Most of the time, we experience joy for very individual reasons. My team wins the big game and I am joyful (just not this year). In this case, my joy may be another person’s heartbreak. Family brings…

Grace and Joy

By David Dillingham Romans 12:9-12 How many people have you known who have made poor decisions in a quest for happiness? The joy of Christ extends well beyond the boundaries of human happiness. Joy is always an indirect result of the receiving and giving of grace. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, gives detailed…

Lookout

By Diana Bridges John 1:14 I’m always a little troubled when I read that someone “doesn’t suffer fools gladly.” Rather than being a sign of enlightenment or sophistication, it strikes me as a mark of willful blindness. In John 1:14 the apostle declares that “…we have seen his glory…full of grace and truth.” Certainly, many…

Great Joy

By Vaughan Ballinger Luke 2:8-10 Today’s scripture is Luke 2:8-10, “an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they are terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, I bring good news of GREAT JOY that will be for ALL the people.”…